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Travel sketches of his Prix de Rome journey

Designers: Arthur Staal

Dutch architects have for centuries been going to Rome and Paris to study the highlights of classical European architecture, but anyone who opens ‘Staal’s Box’ will encounter a totally different world. Travel sketches from Spain, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine and Syria pass in review. This box stands as a symbol for the qualification of the Western architectural tradition. After centuries of cultural imperialism, we are no longer in Africa or Asia to transplant our culture, but to gain inspiration. Staal’s impressions reveal an open-minded curiosity about the architecture, the landscape and the people from these regions.


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