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Tate and Walsall show up others' shallowness

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Your editorial last week concluded that the 'new found maturity' and popularity in architecture might also be a case of losing 'critical edge'. It is interesting that you give the Walsall and Tate Modern galleries as examples of this recent phenomenon.

Caruso St John and Herzog and de Meuron are two practices that have, exceptionally, worked hard at producing the most critical of practices. This is the reason that their work is popular, thorough and relevant.

Much of the architectural production of the last 20 or so years does not have these qualities because architects did not bother to think about the real consequences of their actions.

Walsall and Bankside make a challenge to shallowness, over-mediation (CAD-rendering and glossy mags), technocracy, gestural formalism, bad art and cheeky invention.

The perpetrators of all this embarrassing stuff are not saying much at the moment. You know who you are, it's time to move aside.

Jaimie Shorten, London N16

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