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As a local resident, may I say what a pleasure it has been, on my way to the waste-recycling depot (the dump) on Hornsey Street [off Holloway Road, N7], to see Hawkins\Brown's Culverin Court, a veritable oasis in a desert of new residential mediocrity (AJ 26.10.06).

It is impossible (and dangerous of course) to close your eyes beyond this gem, but to be assailed by the massive and gratuitously 'wall-papered' elevations of the other new buildings on Hornsey Street is extraordinarily debilitating (the relief of arriving at the new dump is, by contrast, quite exhilarating).

It looks as though every critical lesson about the design of high-density housing over the past 50 years has been forgotten in this area, but maybe looks are deceptive.

Could the AJ perhaps do an in-depth study to ush out the facts, particularly as it seems that CZWG, which designed but did not implement the Culverin Court scheme, is now publicly disappointed by the results.

Charles Thomson, Rivington Street Studio, London EC2A

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