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There's nothing new in Kaplicky's 'tower'

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I am intrigued by Jan Kaplicky's letter about the Royal Academy's Tall Buildings display (AJ 12.6.03).

He is understandably upset that the object he designed in 1996, which looks remarkably like what is called a 'dildo', is not exhibited at the RA's Summer Exhibition.

Quite rightly so: some time ago, if memory serves, there were water-filled condoms displayed in one of the galleries.

What I fail to fathom is his remark about copying.

My limited knowledge of the subject is that the above-mentioned devices were invented centuries ago, and it is doubtful whether there are any patents or copyrights in force.

I miss totally the relevance of this issue to architecture.

Andrzei Bisztyga, Guildford

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