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The Lord Chancellor's assertion that wallpaper should last 60 to 70 years has interesting implications. Taken literally, internal decorations would survive beyond current expectations for the longevity of structure and external fabric. This evokes a vision of the city as Modernism-in-reverse. It reminds us that when a terrace of houses is demolished, and the decorated walls of living-rooms and bedrooms stand exposed mid-air (in suspended animation for years on end), their presence is ...


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