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Standing up straight

It appears from AJ 28.08.08 that Wakefield is to be (or is already) subjected to the currently fashionable blight of wonky columns. They are structurally inefficient, generate a functionally useless space shadow and make buildings appear unstable.

Why do architects persist in this absurd conceit? Is it to reinforce the commonly held view that architects don’t mind spending other people’s money to achieve a superficial and counter-intuitive effect?

Bob Owston, Owston Associates, Bushey, Hertfordshire

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