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Cambridge blues


The row about the possible closure of the Cambridge school of architecture has sparked huge media interest - because Griff Rhys Jones' son George is a student there. With that connection, and as presenter of the excellent Restoration BBC programme, he obviously knows a lot more than the average TV presenter about this subject, and the papers have accurately reported some key points about the school which he has been able to pass on - for example, the fact that it is the most popular undergraduate course in Cambridge. Needless to say, the pinhead intellects (all point, no substance) that run the university's General Board just don't get this, and claim that in research terms the architecture department has underperformed in external tests since 1989 (except on one occasion). But are the no-hopers simply getting their revenge on a group they feel has failed the university since the James Stirling Cambridge history library hiccup 35 years ago? A good piece in the Observer by Deyan Sudjic suggested they might be;

you could add rumblings about the Foster Law Faculty and Lasdun's Brutalist Christ's College building to the hate list. But what about more recent successes by Cambridge alumni including Eric Parry and Richard MacCormac, and triumphs by Edward Cullinan Architects in relation to the divinity and mathematics faculties?

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