Why We Should Let the Pantheon Crack

Modern architects have a lot to learn from the sound engineering of the ancients

Jul 22, 2019 · 13 min read
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Photo: Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

By Courtney Humphries

John Ochsendorf wants to tear down Rome’s iconic Pantheon. He wants to pull apart its 2,000-year-old walls until its gorgeous dome collapses. Destroying it, he believes, is the best way to preserve it.

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