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Ferguson's eyesore war is an intervention too far

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The proposal to identify and destroy buildings because they are perceived by some to be vile is disturbing (AJ 26.8.04). If a building has reached the end of its useful life and no appropriate reworking of the building is possible, then, so be it, take it down and develop it with a use more appropriate to the needs of today. Any archaeological dig in any city will reveal layers of previous buildings that have either made way for others or have been adapted as the city grew and flexed in response to change.

Growth and change are driven naturally by opportunity for benefit and society's acceptance of change, not by the form of intervention that RIBA president George Ferguson proposes.

The good and the not so good, the beautiful and the ugly, exist side by side and should continue to do so in a tolerant society.

Kevin Steer, chairman, Stride Treglown

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