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Sentimental Archigram award is a mistake

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This year's RIBA Gold Medal award to Archigram - a bunch whose 'influence' (if any) waned decades ago - was inspired by sentiment and reflects poorly upon the purpose of the award.

Archigram's 'work' was almost as awful and two-dimensional as The Beatles' records and mini-skirts of their time. It is debatable whether the group had any influence at all, which would explain why nothing of theirs was ever built - thankfully. Ron Herron made one notable contribution before his untimely death - not, of course, in the tradition of Archigram.

Those of us around at the time who remember the drug and alcohol induced rantings of Archigram's cast will privately squeal in horror at the choice, but publicly will grow mistyeyed at our lost youth.

The travesty of this year's choice is that so many other more deserving recipients were passed by. But then the award is only as competent as the jury!

Jon Ignatowicz , via e-mail

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