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Stop complaining and do something to help

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With reference to David Taylor's article about internal alterations to Milton Keynes central shopping building (aj 27.11.97), I can see why the architects and 'concerned people' are worried that their 'baby' may be altered, but surely the function of the building as a commercial shopping arcade must reflect the economic needs of tenants, shoppers and owners alike, all of which have changed substantially since 1973.

It is bad enough that Britain is becoming more and more like an architectural living museum, celebrating the past instead of embracing the future, without a gaggle of architects wanting to stifle progress in the name of design that is not considered worthy of Grade II*.

Rather than being insulting and negatively emotive, why don't they suggest creative ways in which the economic objectives can be achieved to please all parties? Stop whingeing: be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.


Warner Associates


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