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Germany calling

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Praise for Norman Foster, particularly in respect of the viaduct, has come thick and fast, nowhere more so than in the Independent on Sunday, where Janet Street-Porter waxed lyrical about his achievements. This enraged critic Gavin Stamp, who wrote to the paper complaining about the piece, and suggesting that it was unhealthy when so many commissions were 'entrusted to but one fashionable practice'.

The president of the 20th Century Society then goes characteristically over the top: 'It is not so much London and Wren that comes (sic) to mind as Berlin and Albert Speer.' Oh dear.

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