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No need to conceal the act of plagiarism

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Thanks for the usual amusing mix in last week's AJ (17.1.02) - not least in talking of time passing and change. . .

Will Alsop on copying forgets that with 'vital imagination' there is never any need to conceal the source of its borrowing.

'There is a sense of power capable of transforming and renewing what it adopts - too conscious, too exalted, to fear the accusation of plagiarism.'

That was Ruskin and is a far better stand for Koolhaas or Alsop to take.

Even worse is Murray Fraser suggesting (Rogers) buildings only to be valuable in so far as they are different! ('It's not that they were not well designed but just that they added very little to the impact of Pompidou or Lloyd's. . .'

Tough on old Palladio, I would say - and would certainly have Walter Gropius turning in his grave.

John McKean, Brighton

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