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Beyond aesthetics: identity, religion and design

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Beyond aesthetics : identity, religion and design. / Walker, Stuart.

In: The Design Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, 07.2001, p. 30-41.

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Walker S. Beyond aesthetics: identity, religion and design. The Design Journal. 2001 Jul;4(2):30-41.

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Walker, Stuart. / Beyond aesthetics : identity, religion and design. In: The Design Journal. 2001 ; Vol. 4, No. 2. pp. 30-41.

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