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I agree with William Hird about Pallant House (AJ Letters 27.07.06). The AJ, and the rest of the architectural press, seems pretty reticent about showing the broader setting for new-build designs in historic contexts. Close-cropped photos always make me suspicious - how do designs look from across the street?

For a profession claiming the high ground on aesthetics and urban design, architects need to be a bit more sensitive to these issues: the days of 'sod-you' architecture are long-gone.

John Fidler (former conservation director, English Heritage)

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