Coleman Ornament [draft1]

Digital Ornament One


  1. Something you brought up which is actually central to this discussion of ornament (depending upon what we mean by ornament) is the fact that ornament is more difficult to justify or achieve in contemporary projects due to its cost. The economic implications of ornament are perhaps the central driving factor in the decision to use or not use ornament. Of course, certain building types “want” ornament or possibly don’t work without it (classical institutional buildings) but the result of industrial technologies and capitalist economies is that ornament is more of a choice now than ever–and the choice is often to exclude it.