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Based on many years of personal observation, Palladio's Children critically
examines the role of the architect as a professional descendent of Palladio,
and as an heir to his architectural legacy. Seven innovative and carefully
crafted essays explore the widening ideological schism between today’s
architects whose core values, identity and education remain rooted in the
Renaissance legacy of creating artful ‘masterpieces’, and the practical demands
on a profession which acts within an evolving, ubiquitous and autonomous built
environment or ‘field’.
Clearly written yet expressing complex, evolving ideas, this extended argument
opens a new forum of debate across design theory, professional practice and
academic issues. Moving the subject on from a historical perspective, Habraken
shows how architects are increasingly involved in the design of everyday
buildings. This must lead to a reassessment of architects’ identities, values
and education, and the contribution of the architect in the shaping of the