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Just what's wrong with traditional architecture?

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Is it only me who finds it hard to make the transition from architecture in the old sense to performance sculpture?

Shops that look like dresses, galleries inspired by folded-up cardboard or shrapnel, threedimensional jigsaw puzzles that fly in all directions with great bulky masses visibly supported by the merest of glass sheets. . .

whatever happened to the joy of the expression of firm structures doing their natural and noble jobs of bringing great forces to the ground?

Are we obsessed with making things what they are not? Is makeover TV to blame or will these strange buildings fade away as quickly as MDF? Help me understand.

Gerry Sanderson, Sanderson Associates Architects, Woolhampton, Berkshire

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