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A MEANS OF WIELDING POWER WITHOUT THE NEED FOR EXPERTISE OR TASTE

It would be tempting to dismiss the Mayor of Warsaw's appalling disregard of architects' work as evidence that foreign institutions have yet to gather pace with the sophisticated system of architectural patronage we have in the UK (see page 11). But it is symptomatic of a paradox which is prevalent worldwide. The most important architectural commissions tend to be in the gift of people who have no architectural experience or knowledge. Political leaders and heads of key institutions ...

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