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Mysteries of creation

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The Design Council report, Creative Britain, has images of 79 of the great and good adorning the cover, holding up something meaningful they think sums up Britain. Of the architects, Richard Rogers displays a cutting from the Indy on science, and says inside simply: 'A global view'. Eric Parry looks mean over a white model, saying he's looking foward to 100 urban transformations, while Zaha Hadid says we have to invest in 'space' (inner not outer). She's pictured holding her name badge. Other treats are Terry Farrell mourning the fact that transport interchanges in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul make ours look like nineteenth-century slums (he's holding one of his own Far Eastern designs). Elsie Owusu heralds 'a building where the engineer never said no to the architect'. John Pawson offers up the minimal line 'education, education, education'. Alan Brookes holds up a picture of the Thames Water tower, which 'symbolises Britainas a nation of creativity, innovation and technology.' He designed it!

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