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A life in architecture - Peter ConradiSubscription
Writer Peter Conradi started to notice architecture when he went up to the University of East Anglia in 1964 and was exposed to the vernacular architecture of Norwich on the one hand, and the Brutalism of Lasdun's campus on the other. 'I lived in the Ziggurat which I thought was the worst designed building I'd ever been in.There were no external windows on the corridors which meant that it was dark during daylight - infuriating.
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'Roses are so untidy, all over the shop. It's part of their charm but it means that they need a very severe framework to grow in, 'says rose grower David Austin, whose own garden in Wolverhampton is loosely modelled on the garden created by Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst in Kent.
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a life in architecture - tristram myliusSubscription
Furniture designer Tristram Mylius of Hitch Mylius is fascinated by mixtures of styles, 'the old and the new'. He enjoys observing the way buildings and cities have developed and being able to detect the history of a building in its fabric. 'I like trying to spot the effect of changing uses and influences, ' he says.
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Normally, Antonia Byatt, daughter of novelist A S Byatt, says she would choose a building that was 'less brash' than Will Alsop's Peckham Library - something more discreet, like the new home of the Women's Library in London's East End, of which she is director.