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RCA extension should not be treated lightly

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Astragal cannot get away with his flippant comment (AJ 16.1.03) that objections to Grimshaw's proposed extension to the Royal College of Art from its original architect, Jim Cadbury Brown and others (including the Twentieth Century Society and Docomomo), simply help 'keep the world going round'.

Rather, the proposal shows the enormous gulf between those such as Grimshaw, who see themselves as Modern architects today (and wear Corb-style glasses to prove it) and those such as Cadbury Brown who, among other things, knew and worked with Corb on CIAM, and feel the essence of Modern architecture lies in its exploitation of space.

Space was Modern architecture's contribution to humanity.

Grimshaw's object will destroy the RCA's space - and the space around the Albert Hall, one of the most important civic groupings in this country. As an institution, the RCA should know better.

James Dunnett, joint chair, Docomomo UK

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