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Violence and delicacy in the city

Jeremy Dixon's talk to the Urban Design Group on the Royal Opera House revealed how far rapidly changing city conditions can affect a large- scale architectural project. The roh redevelopment, which has been in gestation for 17 years, and is due to be finally revealed when the building reopens on 6 December, was presented as a 'town-planning project', conceived mainly in response to its environs rather than as a catalyst for development.

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