DON'T KNOCK THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE
Your leader justifying the government's bid to knock down the Commonwealth Institute (AJ 01.06.06) was off target.
Important buildings that are unpopular, that leak or, perhaps most of all, that occupy valuable development sites, are precisely the ones that are most in need of protection.
The system already allows buildings to be delisted if that status is no longer justified, and it is less than a year since the DCMS pronounced that the conditions for this to happen were not satisfied. What the Government is proposing, in order to get around the awkward facts of the case, is an abuse of power - a dodgy wheeze to suit the interests of inuential friends.
I enjoyed the article about the Weissenhofsiedlung, though. Lucky it wasn't built in Kensington.
Peter Stewart, Peter Stewart Consultancy, London