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In the neck

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In this month's Architectural Record , William Curtis - author of searching monographs on Le Corbusier and Denys Lasdun - reviews recent books on Corb by Charles Jencks and Kenneth Frampton.The latter gets off relatively lightly, although 'one gets no idea what it is like to experience the buildings, or what effect they may have had on Frampton's sensibility', says Curtis. But Jencks gets it in the neck. 'There is a difference between a deep historical insight based upon the industry of thorough primary research, and scissors-and-paste journalism that sticks together bits and pieces of largely received knowledge, ' says Curtis. 'One longs for the rather dry analysis of Frampton again, or anything as an antidote to a text that combines intellectual pretension with dubious projections.' Ouch!

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