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Congratulations to Andrew Mead for an authentic article about the ruin of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's Cardross Seminary (AJ 14.09.06).

In my opinion it is of vital importance that the contemporary architectural scene (worldwide) realises that the architecture of the Coia office, with Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan, opened a pathway for architecture. We have to start where Robinson College, Cardross Seminary, Hull University etc.

stopped; a fact that apparently the so-called architect stars have not yet realised! Four factors - creativity, ethics, social aspects and ecology/economy - must again become the overriding elements (the architect's strife).

It is important that the avant-garde stands in the continuity of, at the long run, a timeless statement. In this direction my work here in Switzerland (in exile) has sorely been undertaken.

Bryan Cyril Thurston, Uerikon, Switzerland

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