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The city of El Alto, 4,150m above sea level in the Bolivian Andes, is the world’s highest municipality and home to the distinctive buildings of architect and former bricklayer Freddy Mamani Silvestre.

Dozens of Silvestre’s multi-use structures tower above their more conventional neighbours, inspired not by Las Vegas (as many visiting North Americans suppose) but by the vibrant Incan art of Bolivia’s pre-Columbian history.