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POSTCARD FROM VARANASI

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Hindu legend says Varanasi is the city of Shiva, founded at the dawn of creation. History says it is one of the world's oldest living cities with a continuous religious, cultural, and intellectual tradition going back to the 6th century BC. Mark Twain said during a visit: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

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SCREENS TO INFINITY

In the 1950s, Austrian-born sculptor Erwin Hauer designed and built architectural screens and walls whose complex and intriguing geometry attracted much admiration at the time. But they have been largely forgotten, and some have even been destroyed. Here are his thoughts on one example of this extraordinary work. Editor

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EARLY MODERNISM IN SERBIA

Belgrade is an under-appreciated center of regional modernism of the 1920s and 1930s. This city played a role in the larger, international modernist movement but with a uniquely Serbian flavor. Sadly, many architectural examples from the period have been destroyed or altered beyond recognition, so photographic documentation remains an important preservation resource. Editor

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