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Berlage's enduring masterpiece would have made the wrong headline news

Reading the Masters of Building on Berlage's Beurs (pages 36-51), it is immediately apparent just how many unfavourable headlines the project would have generated had it been constructed today. First, there is the failed competition. After an initial submission in 1884, five practices were invited to enter the final round the following year ('Architects slate mayor as Beurs is dogged by indecision'). Second, there is the way in which the commission was eventually bestowed.When plans ...

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