I think architects are unfair on Nicholas Boys Smith, he uses big data to understand pressing architectural and social issues which are often ignored by the profession. If the architectural establishment is troubled by his findings, then that can only be a good thing.
Violet-le-Duc was one of the greatest architects of his time, a French Pugin. Just rebuild the tower as it was, haven’t the Parisians suffered enough!
Is it morally wrong to enjoy decoration? What kind of Orwellian nightmare are we living in?
It’s a great loss, architects need outspoken critics to puncture their often overinflated egos. He wasn’t very nice about my work but it didn’t bother me.