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Has architecture, stripped of risks and ideas, lost its edge?

If this is the age of the consultant, you would think that the quality of consultation should improve. As the fee burden has risen, the product that the 'team' produces might get better. And given that some collective fee packages rise to as much as a fifth of the cost of the building (rarely as a result of high architects' fees), you would demand a higher level of thinking. On all three counts, I am afraid, we are disappointed.

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