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Face to face

Astragal was a little surprised to get a friendship request on Facebook from that celebrated architectural blogger, Norman Blogster. It seems to go against the ethos of Facebook, of revealing slightly more about yourself than is prudent, since Norman is resolutely anonymous. However, he is a member of the pithily named network ‘I don’t need sex, the school of architecture fucks me all the time’. Astragal was particularly taken by a discussion strand in this group asking what the most devastating comment was that anyone had ever received in a crit. Highlights include, ‘If it was a cool shark, I would have a lot more respect for it, but it's like a retarded fish.’ and ‘Mine is still the classic "it's quite a masculine building, isn't it?" This perhaps wouldn't have been so bad if the brief had not been for a breast cancer caring centre.’ You can see more at

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