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The culture secretary, Chris Smith, personifies the dominance of literary over visual culture in Great Britain today. An expert on the landscape of the Lake District, he is neither geographer nor landscape designer, but someone with a PhD specialising in the work of Wordsworth and others. This approach affects attempts to popularise and disseminate architecture on both radio and television. Programmes that have withstood it - such as Building Sites - have been marked out by their wooden, ...

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