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A little decoration is does a book no harm

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I must thank Ed Jones for his interesting and supportive review of the content of our recently published book Architecture: Choice or Fate by Leon Krier (Reviews, aj 18.6.98). His criticism of the book's cover, however, merely demonstrates that he is evidently still troubled by the question Leon asked of his Mississauga City Hall and its absence of convincing decoration or detail: 'Is it just that you don't know how?'

At a time when architectural books are generally designed with a kind of sober morbidity to make them appear 'tastefully intelligent' to a selected few, it is flattering to have one's own publication criticised for its popular appeal. The book was indeed carefully designed to appeal to a wide audience by Leon himself, with his publisher's full agreement and support.

'Don't be deceived' by the cover, says Jones. It would seem that the only person to be deceived is Jones. Go for it, Ed. Ornamentation can be good for you too.


Windsor Forest, Berkshire

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