applied ornament

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1. An accessory decorative feature applied to an object or structure.
2. In ornamental work, one material affixed to another.
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who understand that architecture is a social art related to the life of the people it senses, not an academic exercise in applied ornament." That is the way to lead off, certainly.
Now these specific characteristics of emergency design - fitness for purpose, directness of expression, distrust of applied ornament - happen to coincide with fundamental characteristics of the best contemporary architecture and design.

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