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'As architects, our influence is much more about merging with history through landscape - the landscape has always been there and will always be there.'

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Enric Miralles. Scotland on Sunday, 16.5.99

'On the evidence available, Rick Mather's thinking avoids sweeping gestures and easy assumptions and tackles each aspect of the South Bank on its merits. He is being, in other words, intelligent.' Rowan Moore. Evening Standard, 11.5.99

'I am extremely concerned about the financial sustainability of some projects. There is a real risk that lottery funds may have been used to no long-term effect at all.' David Davis mp on the (very critical) national audit report on lottery arts funding. Guardian, 14.5.99

'My heart beats faster when I go into a Gehry building. He shows you that all materials are as good as each other.' Kirsten Kiser, curator of the Soane's Gehry exhibition. Observer, 16.5.99

'I wake at seven, work till noon, spend an hour with my personal trainer, eat two tomatoes, nap for one hour, work until the evening, swim with my wife, take a boat to a restaurant and am back by eleven . . .' Philippe Starck on his working day. The Times, 15.5.99

'Rather to my surprise I have developed a small admiration for Gerry Robinson. Am I going senile? Probably. Last week my wife caught me looking at hanging-baskets in the local garden centre.'

Richard Morrison on signs of 'a rational strategy for subsidy' emerging from the Arts Council. Times, 14.5.99

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