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STRIDING FORWARD - AND NOT À LA MODE

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LETTERS

The AJ of 30.11.06 shows two contrasting facets of architectural conception which could be graded in terms of quality: Kahn's Yale University Art Gallery on the one hand, and trendy luxury-shine and commerce on the other (Fenchurch Street and Brunswick Towers, Zaha Hadid's Olympic Aquatic Centre).

A metanoia (Greek for change of practise) for the future of architecture is desperately needed laying value on four factors: creativity, ethics, social aspects, and ecology-economy.

It has been said that: 'Architecture is the printing press of the ages'. Certainly, but it also has to do with change - it is of utmost importance that architectural practice as a whole strides defiantly towards a well-proportioned, human living architecture; departing from the modish buildings of our day.

Martin Zuer made a film illustrating the problem of Post-Modernism. In it, a mountain farmer of the canton Uri, Switzerland, walks with his cowherd along a winding pathway shouting 'yo-hey - yo-hey'.

After a few curves the cows have disappeared, but he still cries 'yo-hey' and further along the track the cows are again there!

The message is that we shouldn't be disturbed by disorder.

Brian Cyril Thurston, Uerikon, Switzerland

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