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Blobs and sticks sending architecture to top shelf


How refreshing to hear the views from the whole profession in one issue (Letters, AJ 15.7.04) - from the 'disillusioned young architect' to RIBA president George Ferguson himself - all on the increasingly irritating exposure of daft buildings.

Blobs and sticks, ludicrously leaning towers and clouds - all by the usual suspects - everywhere. These CAD-led abstract, impossible geometric exercises are no more mature than infant art classes; ideas not even fit for Dan Dare - and how out of date is he?

Still, there's no glamour in quietness, delicacy, context, sensibility, practicality and craftsmanship, is there?

Only gravity defiance, outrageously expensive and unlikely Jordanesque curves and cheap quick shocks can be seen in the architectural press these days - could it be our architectural periodicals are becoming topshelf material? Gets us even further away from the public then, doesn't it?

Gerry Sanderson, Sanderson Associates, Gloucestershire

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