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Long overdue call for discussion on listing

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I must comment on my friend Ken Powell's letter about the listings debate (AJ 12.10.00).

I support his comment that healthy debate in a well conducted committee is not a 'brawl' as Patrick Hodgk inson asser ts. As a member of the Twentieth Century's casework committee, I would not be wasting my time taking part if meetings were as Hodgkinson describes.

Powell is not a member of Docomomo - he would, I am sure, be welcomed. His suggested discussion on listing is excell- ent and overdue.

Concerning the young and the old, true creativity has nothing to do with physical age. Architecture is replete with examples of acknowledged good work, some masterpieces, by practitioners young and old. However, unlike other arts, the Mistress Art is not the art of the young genius.

Fortunately, seldom has there been a time of such an abundance of work for architects.With the cultural change heralded by the Urban Task Force's report, the situation is rosy. I recommend that all lively architects purchase a copy, get on their feet, identify brownfield sites and follow its advice.

A final reflection - would Powell feel the same distrust of the concept of 'spiritual ownership' if a young, aspiring author were given the task of revising one of his books for a second edition, with or without any reference to him?

John Bancroft, Haywards Heath

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