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History man

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Congratulations to Demetri Porphyrios on his recent appointment as masterplanner for Selwyn College Cambridge, Arthur Blomfield's gothicky pile which lies in the shadow of Stirling's soon-to-be Grade I-listed history faculty. I am sure that he will not extend the Stirling idiom, despite his interest in keeping to context and the authority of historical precedent: Stirling designed an unbuilt student-accommodation building for the college in the 1950s. I hope Demetri pays better than Blomfield - the latter's erstwhile assistant, Thomas Hardy, left architecture to write gloomy novels.

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