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Serendipity?: The Inspiration of the Medieval Masons in Cathedral Floor Plan Design

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Serendipity? The Inspiration of the Medieval Masons in Cathedral Floor Plan Design. / Wang, Chaoran; Hann, M.A.

In: The Design Journal, Vol. 22, No. Suppl. 1, 31.05.2019, p. 1821-1840.

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Wang, Chaoran ; Hann, M.A. / Serendipity? The Inspiration of the Medieval Masons in Cathedral Floor Plan Design. In: The Design Journal. 2019 ; Vol. 22, No. Suppl. 1. pp. 1821-1840.

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