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Recently I saw Peter Cook addressing Nigel Coates and Kathryn Findlay at the Building Centre, but they just seemed comatose in their past achievements. At least Findlay had something to express about running a practice - Coates was quite unashamedly unabashed by his emphasis on money, and I can't understand how he has the audacity to criticise the Foster machine as a homogenous unartistic business.

Cook just seemed like an apologetic talk-show host, unsure of how to enter the dynamic of two completely opposite individuals. You could tell he was overcome by visual stimulation, which makes you wonder if architecture is less about sensory perception and more concentrated on the photogene. Architecture and architectural debate really needs a forthright voice like Jeremy Paxman's, rather than being overwhelmed by its own coterie.

Follie Gioir, by email

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