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Subjective view

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The second of two fascinating events on 'subjective value' took place at the Royal Academy on Friday evening. Speakers were Tom Spector from Oklahoma State University (arguing for a reconciliation of past and present architectures), Richard MacCormac, Sunand Prasad and Will Alsop, who covered some big territory in relation to how one should try to evaluate design. In particular, Alsop argued for a form of community architecture bypassing committees of taste; Prasad presented the work of M4i/Construction Industry Council on new measurement tools to ensure design is given proper weighting in, for example, PFI bids.This is one subject which will not be going away. MacCormac had a good line on mutual exclusivity, recalling the title of a '60s book as Architecture - Art or Social Service?

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