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Glasgow fisticuffs

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Architecture critic William JR Curtis has followed up his critical salvo in these pages (see AJ 05.11.10) with another attack on Steven Holl’s proposed extension to the Glasgow School of Art.

This time, writing in the Architectural Record (AR), he describes it as ‘hopelessly out of scale’ and ‘bland’. Unable to maintain his silence any longer, Holl has finally cracked and fired back across the trenches. The American says that while he ‘welcomes criticism based on accurate understanding’ of the £50 million scheme opposite the Mackintosh, Curtis’ article is ‘not knowledgeable about our design’. Holl goes on to attack Curtis, who in the same piece snipes at Holl’s Kiasma Museum in Helsinki (‘a stranded whale’) and his Simmons student dormitory at MIT (‘monotonous’), for his ‘spurious’ argument’. Unfortunately for Holl, posts on both our website and AR’s suggest the mood is with the ‘spurious’ Curtis.

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