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Hellman files #162

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A trawl through Hellman’s archives, in which we uncover gems that are as relevant now as they were then

This AJ cartoon from 13.06.79, A Short History of Patronage, traces the relationship between state power and architecture (‘Government plans to beef-up architecture portfolio’): the Pope and Michelangelo’spassionate arguments, the King’s Divine Right to order his architect to squander taxes onpalaces, the Victorian entrepreneur exploiting engineering innovation for profit, and 20th-century government bureaucrats and anonymous designers.

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