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Holding on to ideals for a better urban life for all

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Martin Pawley has revealed once again his true colours as someone who lives in the past and fails to understand what is going on all around him (aj 24.2.00). I personally thought Lord Rogers' recent article in the Observer was convincing and coherent evidence of the need to stop the spread of our cities into the countryside and promote a renaissance of our cities. The Urban Task Force Report deals with the arguments in greater detail even more convincingly. urbed, the cpre, Friends of the Earth, the Civic Trust and many, many others all broadly support Lord Rogers' case.

Martin Pawley should think more carefully before helping the housebuilders that rely on greenfield sites to manufacture their wares of detached and semi-detached ugliness and social deprivation.

He should also remember that most housing so produced is 'designed' either without an architect or with fees which are derisory.

Rebuilding cities requires the architect's skill and determination to achieve a better life for all - some of us still have those ideals. Pawley seems to have lost his in the desert of mediocrity called greenfield housing. I wonder where himself lives?

Bob Cullen, Cullen Carter and Hill Architects, Nottingham

PS Incidentally, Frank Lloyd Wright hated American suburbia where his ranch houses were plagiarised and abused.

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