Paranoid attack sees Adam get his gob-on
Regarding Robert Adam's letter (AJ 11.11.04), his reading of the page on gob-ons in CABE's Home Buyer's Guide would seem somewhat paranoid. I personally like decoration and do not subscribe to the idea that 'ornament is crime'; the book includes images of many decorated and traditional houses. I am also a fan of well-founded Classical architecture. What the page was about was the developer-led proliferation of cheap and inappropriate add-ons that have nothing to do with the design meaning or the construction of buildings.
I am sure, as Mr Adam would never dream of doing something like this, he will appreciate that the page does not apply to his oeuvre. With regard to the personal attack, I can only say that I am happy with the mental age that I have reached. I wish Mr Adam well with his skyscraper project, which revives a commendable period of Chicago's commercial architecture.
Alex Ely, London E2