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Richard Rogers on the shock of Leicester

It was clear to us early on that what Stirling was doing was something radical.

We couldn’t wait to see Jim Stirling’s latest drawings, and then with Leicester we saw that they really did create something radical. As architecture students, we visited his buildings many times; their ingenuity fed both us and the whole of the next generation of architects. The first buildings from Team 4 – designed by Norman Foster, Wendy Foster, Su Rogers and me – had influences of Stirling and Gowan in them. It was not possible to get away from Stirling; he was an enormous influence. Leicester was astonishing. We had seen the drawings of some small innovative housing units, but Leicester was something completely new.

All text is extracted from Jim Stirling and the Red Trilogy – Three Radical Buildings,  Frances Lincoln, October 2010, £30

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