PROBLEMS WITH PATRONS CONTINUE TO THIS DAY
The Terragni issue (AJ 19.04.07) thoughtfully addressed the issue of how to appreciate architecture which is inherently compromised by the designer's political beliefs. Jonathan Sergison, in particular, describes the 'certain revulsion' he feels to Terragni's allegiance to Fascism.
However much you admire Terragni's work, it is impossible not to feel a wave of repulsion for a building with a title 'Casa del Fascio'. And I have to admit I felt a similar wave of distaste when opening the next issue of the AJ (AJ 26.04.07), to be presented with the 'Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre'.
I am in no way equating the owner of Express Newspapers with a Fascist regime, but it does seem slightly distasteful that a children's medical facility, particularly one designed with such care and subtlety by Penoyre & Prasad, be linked to a pornographer.
David MacDonald, London SE1