Art and design style preferences cycle like the seasons—in architecture modernism was clearly the wave from roughly the 1950’s-1980’s—but the cycles don’t always seem random and can often be tied to world events. Ideas shape design, and in the 18th-19th century neoclassical wave looked to Ancient Greece and Rome for inspiration partly to reflect changes in how people wanted to live. In the 1700’s Claude-Nicolas Ledoux was on the forefront of several emerging influential French “utopian” Neoclassical architects of note not for their buildings, but for their thinking and works on paper. The french revolution altered what people were thinking about, and in turn what they designed. In addition to being influenced by the classics and symmetry, Ladoux was also taking inspiration from the natural world and how he could translate it into…