I am entirely with Will Alsop in his belief that caution can lack sparkle (AJ 2.5.02), but he oversimplifies the issue.
He implies we are isolated individuals, out to please ourselves by our own dexterity. This can only be true for one-off cases. Even then, we have to ensure the client sees our point of view, which often requires a high degree of persuasiveness.
In the town or city where buildings must contribute to the overall environment, where height, width, relationship, dynamic contrasts, focal points and delayed vistas might each have to be considered along with the client's preferences, taking risks to add sparkle may add to the complexity, and the cost.
First and foremost, town or city streets, squares and special buildings, quite subconsciously, must be a delight - not simply each individual unrelated little or large gem.
Such a building has its place, and where better than as a 'highlight' amid relative mediocrity?
So, take the right risk in the right places.
Alsop's article was written in Venice - what better place to prove a point?
Richard Brown, Poole, Dorset