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Bryan Avery proposed a walled vision in Finland

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Medieval Luca may seem an unlikely model for post-industrial Barnsley (AJ 18.4.02), but Will Alsop is not alone in promoting such a stirring vision.

As long ago as 1993 at an international Urban Design Seminar in Helsinki, Bryan Avery proposed a comprehensive reorganisation of Finland into a series of 'walled' towns.

The hosts were delighted by this manifestation of Avery's ongoing Wilderness City project, and the fact that Will was a guest speaker at the seminar is doubtless entirely coincidental.

Richard Weston, by e-mail

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