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Does display to peers come before users?

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Many people living in Hackney will be dismayed to read that an exhibition devoted to the new Clissold Leisure Centre by Hodder Associates is opening at the Cube Gallery in Manchester shortly, given that is is they who have paid (more than twice over already) for this long-delayed and still unfinished project.

Shouldn't they, as long-suffering clients and end-users, have been offered the exhibition first, having been kept entirely in the dark throughout the whole sorry saga?

Occurrences like this make cynical members of the public believe that architects design first and foremost for the admiration and approval of their professional peers, rather than to meet the needs and financial constraints of their clients.

Ironically, this grandiose Lottery project has not only contributed to the council's nearbankruptcy, further impoverishing the services of an already poor community, but also to the closure of one of Hackney's other pools to help pay for it.

Ken Worpole, London N4

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