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I am writing to express my disappointment that the AJ would even contemplate publishing dMFK's New Islington (AJ 10.05.07).

Never have I seen such bland and unimaginative architecture.

Instant slums come to mind. Where is the joy, the pleasure and the comfort of home? Where is the softness and landscape? It's probably the most unwelcoming, hard-edged, cell-like building I have seen for a long time. I feel truly sorry for the residents forced to live in this substandard accommodation. How on earth did it get past the planners? The despair, the banality.

Even the captions to the photos are struggling. 'Rendered finishes contrast with the brickwork' - well, there's something new!

'The simplicity and size of the windows put residents in touch with their external environment' - yes, a depressing view of wasteland!

No more projects like this please AJ, and a little more good taste.

Andrew Kenyon, by email

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