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False steer on Council for European Urbanism

I must correct the false impression given by your report 'Leading lights join Classical Alliance' (AJ 8.5.03).

The Council for European Urbanism (CEU) is not a Classical alliance. Nothing in the Declaration the Council issued in Bruges or in any other information it has issued says anything of the sort. It is a new organisation dedicated to improving the well-being of the people of Europe by the recreation of humane cities, towns and countryside. There is no agenda, hidden or otherwise, to promote one architectural type.

As the CEU seeks to recreate aspects of European urbanism that we have lost, it is not surprising that some of its supporters come from a more traditional persuasion. That does not mean that all the participants hold the same views as some of the participants.

It is also worth pointing out, in case anyone missed it, that even a cursory reading of your quotation from Leon Krier would reveal that he had not, as your report claimed, 'told the meeting that the responsibility for the late 20th century's crimewave lies with planners and architects'.

I am pleased that the AJ has reported the formation of the CEU - it was an important event. I am, nonetheless, disappointed that there are so many elementary errors in such a short report. I hope that this is not yet another example of the AJ's negative reporting of anything other than Modernism.

Robert Adam, by email

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