My old sparring partner Rowan Moore (whom God preserve) does not seem very happy about my modest criticism of his hatchet job on Lord Foster in a recent issue of Prospect . His article in this issue of AJ is a robust response, as one would expect. But Astragal thinks he protests too much.
Foster's commercial buildings are better than most other people's, generally a lot better. A more interesting analysis of the practice's commercial work might focus on the way in which, faced with the uncertainties and vagaries of the planning system, the initial propositions appear to be made knowing that changes will be demanded by the myriad groups involved these days. Thus you know that the first proposition will not be defended to the death.
A rational response to an irrational world is always a talking point.