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Rough, yet poetic: Chilean architecture has its moment

Rough, yet poetic: Chilean architecture has its moment

SANTIAGO, Chile — Ask a design expert for global architectural destinations and chances are she’ll tell you to head to Germany, home of Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus architects, or Brazil, land of Oscar Niemeyer’s flamboyant Modernism. Southern California would come up for treasures such as the Case Study houses and Louis Kahn’s sculptural Salk Institute in La Jolla. But a small country such as  Chile? It probably wouldn’t even be mentioned. That could soon change. Chilean architects have begun to exert an influence well beyond the size and scale of their string-bean nation. Since 2009, Chile’s Alejandro Aravena, founding partner of...

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