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Snobbery goes on

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Attacks on Lord Foster continue apace following the controversy set off by Rowan Moore. This time it is the Guardian with the familiar mantra - used to be great, now too big, too many commercial buildings, developer's architect etc. As usual, Stephen Bayley is both witty and abusive simultaneously, describing the current output as 'slick and splashy'. He quotes Braque's remark to Picasso: 'You used to be a great artist, but now you're just a genius.' The Guardian report says Astragal 'fumed' over the Rowan Moore piece; not so. I repeat: most of the criticism levelled at Foster is because in snobby, cultural apartheid Britain, offices have the mark of Cain on them, and anyone who designs them is eternally tainted. The critics just cannot stand the idea that good-quality architecture should be for ordinary people in the workplace. It is only supposed to happen in cultural buildings for people like them, you see. Like Cambridge Colleges or (preferably) Venice, or any museums or gallery.

This column declines to support the 18th century.

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