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'Thanks to its building boom, Britain has become, by default, the new Barcelona.But somehow it has not managed to get a building by Koolhaas, Ito, Gehry or Siza - and we are not producing equivalents.'

New Architecture Foundation director Rowan Moore.Observer, 16.6.02

'In a world of Gehrys and Libeskinds, it's very tempting to make grand gestures.We like to avoid the pitfalls of being blown about by fashion.'

Graham Morrison.Guardian, 15.6.02

'There was a letter from somebody who said he didn't care if the new bandstand had been designed by schoolchildren - it was bloody ugly. I knew then that we were on the right lines.'

Niall McLaughlin on his RIBA Awardwinning bandstand. Independent, 13.6.02

'It's an absolute atrocity. I think it should be made into a young offender's institute.'

Lynda La Plante on the Dome. Evening Standard, 14.6.02

'More serious than public ignorance [about architects] is the imbalance between the 5 per cent good to middling and the 95 per cent mediocre to appalling in terms of the design quality of new building.'

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