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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 last week on the topic of downsizing. Founder of the concept of 'microarchitecture', Horden talked mainly about the micro-compact home that he developed with students and which he inhabits two nights a week. It was on a par with the miniaturisation of so much technology, he said, citing the mobile phone as an example.

In the 1980s Horden worked with Norman Foster on Stansted Airport. 'It was my job to carry his mobile in and out of the helicopter for him so he could look cool, ' Horden said.

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