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The acknowledgements page in Brian Hanson's new tome, Architects and the 'Building World' from Chambers to Ruskin (CUP), has a certain lustre. After bows in the direction of luminaries like Jules Lubbock ('the best doctoral supervisor anyone could want'), David Watkin and Andrew Saint, Hanson confides that 'Christopher Alexander, Abdel Wahed ElWakil and HRH The Prince of Wales were happy to discuss with me the implications of a latter-day Ruskinian approach to architecture'. Presumably this trio of sages are not the subjects for the book's dedication: 'To Poo, Dinky and Fluffy.'

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