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The ghost of Hitler's architect Albert Speer casts its shadow

Popular images of architects change over time.One hundred and fifty years ago, Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary , included the image of the architect as 'a dreamer who always forgets the stairs' in his dictionary of received ideas. And so he remained for a century or more until Ayn Rand's Howard Roark turned him into a women's magazine hero, young, handsome and hoping for nothing more than a crack at the new town hall.

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