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Illegality doesn'timply quality

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I read your account of the proposals for an 'institute of illegal architects' with some incredulity (aj 30.4.98). Even allowing for the fact that it stems from a school of architecture, most of whom would better advised to concentrate on competence rather than anything else, it is hard to image why anyone would want to join such an organisation even if it existed in cyberspace rather than next to the riba's basement lavatories, gendered or otherwise.

The point (or one of the points) about what we used to call 'alternative architecture' back in the Brian Anson days is that you do not criticise the riba or any other institute by setting up a rival, but simply by not belonging to them. That is the greatest criticism of all. As for joining up with a mixture of people who may be architects and may be 'creative' in the way they use buildings, it all sounds like a rally organised by the self-builders. You might get a temporary warm feeling, but it would soon wear off.

GEOFFREY SMITHIES

Chorleywood

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