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'Now that any jobbing builder can offer to 'do you something minimalist: you know, strip out the cornices and paint it white', the last thing any self-respecting architect will now admit to is being minimalist. It would be like saying you had just discovered this exciting new group called Oasis.' Rowan Moore. Evening Standard, 29.9.98

'[Architects] can have the emotional maturity of 10-year-old girls when it comes to venerating their idols.' Rowan Moore. Ibid.

'Few younger architects are ideological in any way today. I think they're lucky. They're seemingly free from political agendas, from history and the old arguments of morality and design that beset my and older generations.' Tony Fretton. Guardian, 5.10.98

'When he did begin to design in his late twenties, Ando took to architecture like Mies van der Rohe did to money.' Jonathan Glancey. Guardian, 2.10.98

'Who wants to look at boring pictures of buildings? They all look the same.' John Ritblat, chairman of British Land. The Times, 3.10.98

'Wearing Miyake upside down or inside out means that I can double the use, and I don't have to think about what to wear, I just squash it into a suitcase.' Zaha Hadid. Independent, 2.10.98

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Britons are among the worst complainers in the world, with 64 per cent complaining more than in 1993, an nop survey reveals. Worst moaners are 25- to 34-year-olds. Italians are the most tolerant with almost 75 per cent saying they never complain, said the survey for customer-service group Ventura.

Around 300 people die every year in building accidents with 3000 so badly injured that they can never work again, says the Society of Planning Supervisors. Dangerous building resulted in 44 convictions under construction and design management rules in the two years to April 1998, with about four designers among the 30 criminal records passed for incompetence.

More than 70 per cent of English Partnerships projects are partnered by the private sector, says Lord Walker of Worcester, retiring chairman. Five years ago it was 20 per cent. In that time £1 billion of public money has been matched by £2.35 billion private-sector cash. Yearly private investment has leaped from £300 million to £767 million.

New orders for construction fell 4 per cent in the second quarter of 1998 compared with the previous quarter, says the rics, with tender prices rising 2.9 per cent compared with the previous quarter and 5.1 per cent compared with the same quarter a year earlier.

Housing giant Alfred McAlpine more than doubled its pre-tax profits to £11.4 million in the first half of this year, according to the ft. Turnover was £321.7 million.

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