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A regrettable dearth of serious comment

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I wonder if your report on Harry Seidler's comments on the poor construction of the World Trade Center (AJ 27.9.01) was a hotter news item than was implied by its being tucked away in Astragal? I am sure the national media would be interested in it.

The architectural aspects of the New York disaster have also hardly been touched on. It may be that style took precedent over people's safety - the exposedsteel structural mullions giving the buildings that 'elegant, minimalist' Miesian look, so fashionable in the 1970s, with the New York Port Authority colluding in the cutting of regulation corners.

How much were the terrorists aware of these architectural factors, bearing in mind that bin Laden made his money in building and Mohamed Atta was at one time 'an architectural student'? And what would the outside world make of the fact that the leading architectural journal received no serious correspondence on the matter?

Louis Hellman, London W3

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