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Ex-Rogers bigwig Goldschmied slams airport development

Former RIBA president and ex-Richard Rogers partner Marco Goldschmied has called the development of specialist buildings, such as airports, 'unethical and immoral'.

Speaking to the AJ, Goldschmied hit out at the construction of airports, in response to the growing impact of aircraft on the environment.

However, the statement has come at an inopportune time; just a week after Richard Rogers - Goldschmied's former partner - has been nominated for the Stirling Prize for his Barajas terminal at Madrid airport.

Goldschmied said: 'Buildings like airports, for example, are ethically and morally wrong. A re-evaluation needs to take place.'

Goldschmied's environmental conscience seems to fly in the face of much of his earlier work, especially as the architect spearheaded the strategic planning for Richard Rogers Partnership's Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport.

However, over recent years he has set up the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, which is a major sponsor and supporter of the Stephen Lawrence Prize. He has also carried out continuous work with human rights group, Amnesty International.

by Richard Vaughan

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