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Outspoken east London architect Chris Roche is leaving no one in any doubt as to his political leanings. With his recently announced plans to rebrand Archway Tube station 'South Highgate' and call a nearby shopping centre 'Karl Marx Square', one can only assume that he may be a little left of the current political mainstream. He proposes to include a Marx museum in the centre, and a 'communist walk' to nearby Highgate cemetery, where the 19th-century philosopher, undoubtedly his ideological hero, is buried. To think that this man once had ambitions to be president of the RIBA.

It's fair to say the changes at Portland Place would probably have been a little more than cosmetic. As always with Comrade Roche, you can't deny that he deserves top marx for effort.

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