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Will Alsop: give the Stirling Prize to a 'brilliant piece of speculative work'

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Stirling Prize-winning architect Will Alsop has said the judges of the prize should consider giving the most prestigious architectural award in the UK to an unbuilt work

During an interview with the AJ, the architect behind the 2000 Stirling Prize victor Peckham Library, revealed that if he was in charge of the judging he would consider ‘awarding it to a brilliant piece of speculative work, that was never built….an idea, something unbuilt.’

He continued, ‘I don’t want to sound old fashioned, but in the late 1960s early 1970s the magazines were full of ideas, thoughts and concepts, and it was really good for the architectural debate at large.

‘For all sorts of reasons if a building is not built or going to be built then generally magazines are not interested. Therefore you have the opportunity with the Stirling Prize to even up that balance.

‘People will say ‘typical Alsop he’s being naughty and silly’, but I’m saying it for a reason because most architecture doesn’t have an idea. It tends to be banal or overtly commercial or reruns of neo-modernism. It rests on its laurels in terms of being polite.’

The winner of this year’s Stirling Prize will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday night (26 September).

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