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The Iranian empress Farah Diba, wife of Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, stands in her fine attire, wearing a wide-brimmed hat to protect her from the strong sun. Standing alongside her is Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, seemingly embalmed in suit and tie, describing to Farah and her entourage the new project he is planning for them. It is 1978, and the site is an oasis in the Senegalese desert, about 100...