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Late blooming of cultural concepts

The most astonishing moment of Gordon Benson's talk to members of DOCOMOMO and the public last week was his assertion that only halfway through his career in practice with Alan Forsyth did they grasp the concept 'that buildings could be conveyers of cultural ideas'. The moment of awakening came when, struggling to reinvent themselves during the Thatcher years, they were asked to design a clocktower in Japan, and offered instead to do a building that had 'something to do with time'. ...

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