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The Thames crossing is resonant with meaning

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Maxwell Hutchinson's discussion at Westminster University came to the unanimous conclusion that Portcullis House truly is the ugliest building in Britain. But that at least other architects will be able to hold up a postcard of this building as a precedent, an example of what they have not designed.

The discussion also broached the subject of the Millennium Bridge and Hutchinson's description drew an analogy between the bridge and the string of a guitar. I wonder if Foster might turn to the engineering of Iannis Xenakis to resolve the problems of resonance! Perhaps by adding the missing strings of Hutchinson's guitar he will match with sound the light of Alber t Speer's Stadium, penetrating his voice of architecture and aligning his design with The Music of the Spheres rather than the sounds of silence.

Malcolm Dickson, Bow, London

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