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Blank to worse for poster poseur

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I thought readers might be interested to know what the Birmingham Selfridges (tipped by some for the Stirling Prize) looks like at the moment.

Selfridges, having been allowed to build an alienatingly blank wall at street level, against all good urban design practice, has now flyposted it with ersatz rock band posters. So we have urban regeneration dressing itself up in urban decline chic - ripped jeans on a millionaire.

Yes, I know it is meant to be Post-Modern irony. But when the perpetrator of the blank wall and the flyposter are the same person, I think the irony is not pointed exactly in the direction that Selfridges intended.

Joe Holyoak, Birmingham

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