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Patrick Hodgkinson's letter (AJ 17.05.07) about the review of Clare Melhuish's book on the Brunswick Centre (AJ 03.05.07) was harsh.

Melhuish may have started out as a journalist but she has spent years studying the Brunswick as part of her research towards a PhD. To call her 'unscholastic' is grossly unfair. She also clocked up hours of interviews with residents, including me and my family, and her book is in many ways an anthropological tour de force.

Hodgkinson's other point - that she is 'mealy-mouthed' - is even less justifiable. There are few more enthusiastic supporters of the Brunswick than Melhuish. Ironically, the building currently seems more under threat from its own architects, Levitt Bernstein Associates and Hodgkinson himself, who have designed a hideous 'eye-catcher' that will sit above the Renoir cinema and wreck the loggia on the east side of the Brunswick.

Adrian Friend, architect and Brunswick resident, Friend and Company

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