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Attack! Attack!

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Rowan was on vitriolic form in his own column last week, lambasting the unfortunate fact that having won planning permissions using big name architects, sites are sold on and the architects change. He was particularly concerned that Norman Foster's designs for liffe in Spitalfields, not very good in the first place, were now being substituted by what he terms'a practice called EPR'. From this you might imagine that they were a new example of Britarch, or some obscure firm that had done little in London. In fact, Elsom Pack & Roberts, as it used to be known, is a major practice which has done good work, as well as some forgettable stuff, in London for decades. Rowan attacks the firm's Hammersmith Broadway Post-Modern scheme, but the truth is that epr was asked to design two different schemes, one Po-Mo, one Modernist. In the end the client chose the former. The architects deserve more of a break.

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