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New Chilean Architecture

There are no blobs or parametric follies in Chile or, if there are, they are well hidden. Established and fledgling firms have stayed loyal to the fundamentals of modernism, and to the traditional virtues of firmness, commodity, and delight. In a global culture that craves novelty and extols form for its own sake, Chile has stayed true to itself. In the affluent suburbs of Santiago and the fashionable beach settlements of Cachagua and Zapallar, the hills and coastline are studded with white cubist villas. Most of the public, commercial, and institutional buildings are equally rational and restrained. And yet, thanks to a deep-rooted design culture, many of these sober structures are varied in subtle ways, and reward close examination. Chile is no longer as cut off from the rest of the world as it once was by the barriers of the Andes, the Pacific and a vast northern desert, as well...

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