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  • Comment on: Axe falls on AA staff despite global protests

    PenrynPat's comment 10 January, 2018 1:03 pm

    Well, apparently publication will 'continue […] as collaboratively and collectively as ever.' This presumably means that staff and students will be asked to take charge of it - true to the AA's time-honoured and utterly outdated mantra that there isn't anything in the world that architects can't do.

  • Comment on: Minister blasts ‘descendants of Brutalism’ and pledges to rebuild Euston Arch

    PenrynPat's comment 4 November, 2016 9:58 am

    Where do they find these people?

  • Comment on: Swiss mosque minaret ban is tragic legislation

    PenrynPat's comment 5 December, 2009 12:43 pm

    The fact that you pick Geneva as your object of comparison shows that you don't know anything about Switzerland.

    The fact that you think the UK is the most pluralist and absorbent society in Europe shows that you don't know much about other European countries either.

    And the fact that you think London is in any way representative for the UK as a whole shows that you don't even know your own country very well.

    I would suggest you travel more or read more - or both.

  • Comment on: Swiss mosque minaret ban is tragic legislation

    PenrynPat's comment 3 December, 2009 1:51 pm

    "A darker, closeted, national trait that must also be present within their widely respected architectural culture." Are you joking?
    This was not a vote by Swiss architects, it was a vote by the Swiss people as a whole. You really think the UK is the most pluralist and absorbent culture in Europe?
    Well, Switzerland comprises people of four different languages (all of which are official) and more than every fifth person living in Switzerland is a foreigner. Muslims might be small in numbers but they amount to 4,3% of the total population which is much higher than in the UK.
    Obviously, a majority of people are uncomfortable with that. As a Swiss I am deeply disappointed and embarrassed by the outcome of this vote. However, the reason why every now and then you find it hard to explain yourself to the world is because we actually get to vote on every little detail on the political agenda.
    No offense, but I have lived in the UK long enough to have a pretty good idea what the outcome of a similar vote would be in this country.

  • Comment on: Swiss vote to ban minaret construction

    PenrynPat's comment 30 November, 2009 1:02 pm

    I am Swiss and I am very surprised - and embarrassed.

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