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Swift and fearful symmetry

As we learn more about the Bush administration's deep interest in all of our lives, it is interesting to note that Taller de Arquitectura is the designer of the headquarters of SWIFT, the banking consortium that has given the banking records of millions of Americans to the government.

What are the inherent symbolic values that lie in symmetry? Can we assume certain characteristics about organizations that choose classical symmetry in a modern age? When we learn that the Taller based the entire design on the Golden Section, what should we assume about architect and client?