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Libeskind shuns context for Hong Kong hokum

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Another tumbling set of children's building blocks, another site - Daniel Libeskind is at it again (AJ 21.10.04), this time in Hong Kong. Does this guy ever bother about context?

Is he not aware of, in all places, the gentle art of Feng Shui, where easy flow and grace of building lines greatly benefit those who use and approach the building.

What will the ancient Chinese practitioners think of all those aggressive pointed angles, piercing the hearts of the visitors, attracting the bad chi and accelerating the loss of wealth straight out into the sky along those raking roofs (or are they walls? ). And the site - on the classic Fen Hui locations of Lion and Dragon.

The scheme is doomed and so are the inhabitants!

If commercial king Norman Foster can bring himself to consult the local practitioners (such as HSBC), can Libeskind and the mandarins of the City University afford to ignore them? I'd like to know whether this process will be considered.

Gerry Sanderson, Sanderson Associates, South Gloucester

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