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We are all architects now

Megalomaniac building is going out of style. The best new design reshapes the past to fit the present

By Jonathan Rée   October 2012

Alejandro Aravena’s “half houses” in Iquique, Chile

Fit: An Architect’s Manifesto by Robert Geddes (Princeton, £13.95)

The Meaning of Home by Edwin Heathcote (Frances Lincoln, £12.99)

Why We Build by Rowan Moore (Picador, £20)

New Arcadians: Emerging UK Architects by Lucy Bullivant (Merrell, £29.95)

When I was young I dreamed of becoming an architect. At home, I was thrilled to discover that the enchanted places that shaped my life—bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, attic—were no more than spaces enclosed by bricks and mortar, lath and plaster, joists and beams.…

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