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Rogers ribbed at Pompidou crit

An Archigram luminary took a swipe at Richard Rogers last week at a formal crit of the international architect's famous Pompidou Centre in Paris.

David Greene, whose seminal group's ideas from the 1960s were said to have been a direct influence on the cultural centre, derided Rogers for his latter-day bureaucracy and 'not designing something bigger that could have consumed the whole of Paris'.

In response to Rogers' discussions of his work as an upand-coming architect in the early 1970s, Greene continued: 'You say you didn't want a bureaucrat to run the Pompidou, but, also, you should be prepared to not have one running your office.' Greene was the only member of a panel that included the Architecture Foundation's Rowan Moore, and additional members of the original design and engineering team, such as Gianfranco Franchini, not to pull any punches.

Greene was modest in discussing the Pompidou, saying that he felt 'it owed more to Cedric Price's Fun Palace than it did to Archigram', but continued to speak out over Rogers' ideas 'not being nearly extreme enough' and the building being 'more about an event than architecture'.

Rogers chose not to dignify Greene's comments with a response, remaining silent.

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