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Introduction

Architecture articulates intent. From the cosmological ordering of the universe in antiquity to the more prosaic commercial domination of the urban landscape in our contemporary cities, architecture has always played a central political role in ordering human interaction in the public domain. In the past two centuries, we have witnessed radical changes to public life and the gradual dismantling of social conventions after the fall of the Ancien Régime. More recently, the rapid spread of technological communication, such as the internet, has transformed the private cell of the home or the individual office into a direct point of access for inter-personal – some may claim public – communication. Every day fewer meeting places are needed. Concurrently, architecture gradually has become faced with a crisis of meaning. If we are to address the ability of architecture to express purpose and intentionality, and its very relevance in the public domain today, architects cannot afford to ignore the political implication of their tools.