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Call it neo-neoclassicism. For New York architect Donald M. Rattner, paradise is a caryatid-supported portico lined with acanthus leaves. Turning a deaf ear to the modernist dictum “Less is more,” Rattner founded the Institute for the Study of Classical Architecture to put classicism back on the map. His organization recently reissued Johann Matthaus von Mauch and Charles Pierre Joseph Normand’s out-of-print Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architectureso named because its parallel arrangement of illustrations allows for easy side-by-side comparisons. Parallels like this one have been around since the 16th century, when Italian Sebastiano Serlio produced the first compendium of the classical style; assorted aficionados have been elaborating ever since. We’ll know Rattner’s editionwhich chronicles architectural minutiae from antiquity and the Renaissance in labored detailhas ignited a full-fledged revival when models of Trajan’s Column replace flagpoles on suburban lawns. Rattner speaks at 6:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $11. For reservations call (202) 272-2448. (Jessica Dawson)