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Your article on Edinburgh council leader Jenny Dawe's comments on architecture (AJ 31.05.07) is based on the assumption that innovation, risky design or radical buildings are the only way to be modern or progressive, and that to do anything else will inevitably bring about mediocre or lacklustre architecture.

This piece of nonsensical Modernist dogma is accompanied by the ridiculous and unsubstantiated assumption that it is only with such out-of-context buildings that Edinburgh can become 'a progressive, business-orientated metropolis'.

It seems that if an elected politician dare express the rather widely held and reasonable view that it is possible to create good contextual buildings in traditional materials that respect and enhance historical character of a place, they are immediately savaged by a profession which is hell-bent on doing just what its discredited avant-garde theory says it should do - and sod the public or any historic place that stands in its way.

Robert Adam, Robert Adam Architects

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