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Bird song

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Critics come and critics go, but the departure of the New York Times' architecture guru Herbert Muschamp (ex-AA, incidentally) has sparked plenty of comment, much of it as bitchy as the criticism Muschamp dished out. The New York Observer carried a long piece about Muschamp's rise and rise - and his subsequent fall from grace in the row over Daniel Libeskind's 9/11 competition win: 'Why, given the precipitous decline in his critical stature, did The Times keep him on for so long?

fiHerbert's enduring existence is one of the great urban legends, fl says one person active in architectural circles. fiIt's one of the great mysteries of New York, along with why you never see baby pigeons. fl'

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