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Richard Horden gave an insight into the quirks of one of the architectural greats when he spoke at the Surface Design Show on 7 Marchon the topic of downsizing. Founder of the concept of ‘microarchitecture’, Horden was talking mainly about his tiny cube, the micro-compact home that he developed with his students at Munich and which he himself inhabits two nights a week. It was on a par with the miniaturising of so much technology, he said, citing the mobile phone as an example. In the 1980s, when mobiles were huge, Horden was working with Norman Foster on Stansted Airport and on the Sainsbury Centre. ‘It was my job to carry his mobile in and out of the helicopter for him so he could look cool,’ he said.

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