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Martin Pawley: death by insensitivity

Strange how the vocabulary of architectural criticism, which descended to Sun-like depths of demotic savagery in the 1980s, has hopped back into Victorian prissiness in time for the millennium. Back in 1986 it was considered devastating to have your new building described as a 'carbuncle on the face of a much loved friend', or a 'broken 1930s wireless set', or a 'place for burning books', or a 'fire station with a tower for the bell'. These are only the best known of the hundreds of ...

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