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Those who watched the Stirling Prize coverage on television last Sunday will have heard Will Alsop's somewhat indecorous comments on the planning authorities in the boroughs of Camden and Kensington and Chelsea. It is true that there is a tendency for authorities with high-quality historic building stock to be a little too eager to protect the status quo.We don't get our best modern architecture in the centre of Canterbury or Chester, but in places where conservationists carry less ...

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