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Mental change

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One of Richard Meier's most admired works, his Bronx Developmental Center of 1977, is getting a makeover.

'Architectural purists are aghast, but are helpless to stop it, ' says the New York Times . Its new owner plans to turn Meier's former centre for the mentally handicapped into the Bronx's biggest office building - partly demolishing it but tripling it in size. As the centre is less than 30 years old, New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission cannot act. Robert Stern says the news is 'a shocker'. Meier adds: 'I hope that what's he's replacing it with has the quality of what we built.'

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