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In a key text, ‘The End of Modernity, The End of the Project?’, philosopher Gianni Vattimo suggests that there are no longer any robust ways of legitimating the architectural project:

The task posed is to find legitimations for the project that no longer appeal to ‘strong’, natural, or even historical structures. For example, one can no longer say that there is a golden number, an ideal measure that can be used in the construction or the planning of cities, nor even that there are natural needs, since it is increasingly absurd to try to distinguish them from new needs induced by the market and therefore superfluous, not natural (Vattimo 1997, 151).

This wearing away of what had appeared to be the realities of function, planning,

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