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Modern gobbledegook! Traditional has a place


I am sorry to see Astragal (Gobsmacked, AJ 4.11.04) supporting that sad old saw: decoration is dishonest.

Astragal backs a page called 'Style' in CABE's Home Buyer's Guide. This generally good book is let down by this page, which is just a thinly disguised piece of unreconstructed Modernist theory mostly devoted to rubbishing Classical architecture.

The 100-year-old 'ornament is crime' theory is promoted in a section under the jokey housing-trade description for added decoration - 'gob-ons'.

If superfluous decoration is dishonest, then Libeskind is a reprobate and the Scottish parliament building is a major criminal act. When will people like Alex Ely grow up, leave their student battles behind and recognise that traditional architecture is a legitimate and popular aspect of modern design? It is very worrying that CABE, a government agency, should let this stuff go out in its name.

Robert Adam, Robert Adam Architects, Winchester

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