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Alsop's presentation highlights frustrations

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I might be able to come up with a couple more expletives if I read one more pompous letter or article about Will Alsop's 'school yard' delivery in his acceptance speech of the Stirling Prize.

I suspect that if anyone of you working in practice with an inkling of what goes into making a project like Peckham Library actually happen were nominated for a cash prize, then kept waiting for three hours by Channel 4 with only alcohol to ease the tension while it dumbed up its coverage of the prize-giving evening, and then you won. . . well, you might loosen your collar a little.

The architectural profession and its so-called enthusiasts might choose to reflect on why Peckham Library won the prize (clearly Channel 4 is incapable) and the real content of Alsop's impassioned speech, rather than patronising the architect, who for the rest of the year we are happy to call one of our 'stars'.

Samantha Hardingham, London

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