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Alberti calling

What could making a goddam cell phone have to do with the Renaissance?' asks Erik Anderson in the New Yorker magazine. Although head of production at mobile phone company Nokia, Anderson is entitled to ask, since in his spare time he is a Renaissance architecture PhD student at Harvard. In answer to his own question he quotes Alberti: 'All care, all diligence, all financial consideration must be directed to insuring that what is built is useful, commodious, yes - but also embellished ...

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