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'In London, everyone is too busy defending their own patch to think strategically.Their idea of a business plan is to say: 'We're the South Bank, give us the money''

A 'senior arts administrator' in Newcastle / Gateshead. Independent, 17.7.02

'The style of the building was absolutely secondary. I find it hard to think of another building that has married intellectual and physical ideas so completely.'

David Chipperfield on his admiration for the Pompidou Centre.Guardian, 22.7.02

'Surely the way forward would be to demolish Terry Farrell's disgusting speculative office building (currently tenanted by MI6), and reinstitute the old Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.'

Will Self on the renaissance of London's riverside. Evening Standard, 19.7.02

'London may one day have cause to regret that it never got around to giving Ito a more permanent commission, just as the Tate regrets its blinkered vision in the 1930s.'

Deyan Sudjic on Toyo Ito's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.Observer, 21.7.02

'I used to describe it to people as like the chair in Frasier until I realised they thought I meant Marty's old armchair.'

Designer Andrew Dixon on his Eames recliner.Observer, 21.7.02

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