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Puritan cloth


But what does Jencksian analysis tell us about the Morrison proposition?

He thinks it is in a line of what he described as English puritans, from Pevsner via Deyan Sudjic, who he says have always criticised architecture that smacks of expressionism. They have got it all wrong, he thinks. Various people begged to disagree at the AA dinner, held for supporters and past presidents, and a nice occasion at which to say goodbye to outgoing chair Mohsen Mostafavi. Sir Michael and Lady Hopkins, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Piers Gough (who acted as host), John Pringle, Eva Jiricna and Roger Zogolovitch were among the past presidents who heard the debate. It was left to Mohsen to remind us of the dangers of dualism, and the assumption that concentrating on icons meant you could ignore housing or streetscape - or vice versa. A good point made was that achieving the ordinary would be more difficult if there were no architects operating at the cutting edge, sometimes getting it wrong. 'Better a fertile error than a sterile accuracy, ' as historian Hugh Trevor-Roper once said (before wrongly validating the Hitler Diaries).

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