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Glasgow 1999 a great success for Scotland

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I couldn't understand much of David Taylor's account of the DTZ Pieda study into the impact of the Glasgow architecture and design year (AJ 20.7.00), but I got the distinct impression he wasn't very impressed by 1999 itself, and that whatever DTZ had said that was the way he would have written the story.

How else could one explain his tortuous ways with the facts. First he tells us that the study found that the year created only 20 jobs; then he tells us that the author of the report told him this was 'simply untrue' and that the year created employment for between 1000 and 1200 people.

Call me slow; but if you start by claiming a report says one thing; and then the author of the report tells you that no it does not; I would have thought that would be pretty conclusive.

The fact is that Glasgow 1999 - as DTZ's report makes clear - was the most successful architecture and design event in terms of numbers and impact ever staged in Britain.

Taylor tells us that it is not particularly encouraging that 26 per cent of Glaswegians went to one of our exhibitions. Try translating that proportion to London say, and you would be looking at numbers of two million to an architecture exhibition.Fat chance.

Deyan Sudjic, former director, Glasgow year of architecture and design

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