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Holyrood sets Scots culture on world stage

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Congratulations for the fine essay on Holyrood (AJ 30.9.04) by Neil Gillespie that, together with those in the September issue of Prospect, makes an excellent introduction to what is on offer - and what is at stake - here.

(Gillespie's mentioning of St Jerome reminds me of a photograph I took of Enric Miralles long ago, sitting in a windowseat within the wall thickness of Urbino's Ducal Palace; and another of him on the undulating roofs of Palau Guell, Barcelona. ) The essay's final paragraph reminds me that some weeks ago an English art historian attacked my view on Scottish architecture (Ian Campbell, Letters, AJ 29.7.04). There are Scots critics who can see their culture on a world stage - and I would recommend the offended Mr Campbell read Neal Ascherson's Stone Voices (2002), for example.

Miralles and RMJM's building, as Gillespie concludes, invites Scots culture - and not just its politics - to rise to this height.

John McKean, via email

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