It is interesting that at no other time did the enlightened architect, have the horizons that are available today. Even if he had the library of the empire or a university at his side.
We know from the biographies of artists what a creative burst and revolution of consciousness a visit to a foreign exhibition or a trip gave. After that it was a choice to do what they were used to or to dive into something new they had seen.
The amount of what we and our clients have seen is vast. Historical and fashionable styles, materials, approaches. Everyone has seen it all. What should we do with it all? Combine it? Choose? Create a new one?