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'Impressive though the Baltic is, it would be even more of a triumph if the architecture weren't quite so predictably and brightly polite.'

Deyan Sudjic.Observer, 14.7.02

'Yes, Ito's task was made easy by large amounts of money and few practical restraints, but one still has to ask why other buildings can't achieve something of his magic.'

Rowan Moore on Toyo Ito's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Evening Standard, 12.7.02

'If the whole of Greater London was settled at Parisian densities,35 million people would live here.'

Tony Travers. Evening Standard, 9.7.02

'You can trust a British workman to botch things up a bit, but to achieve a total fiasco you need aristocrats and intellectuals.'

Richard Morrison on the selection committee's failure to agree on a design for the Diana Fountain.Times, 11.7.02

'When you go abroad, you feel that culture is integral, not a little treat for a day off.Here we're always talking about art and society.Art is bloody society.'

Tom Stoppard.Guardian, 11.7.02

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