Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Three cheers, no sneers, for Coventry's strengths

  • Comment

Astragal's note (AJ 9.9.04) of Richard MacCormac's wellearned Stirling Prize shortlisting didn't need any gratuitous sneer at previous 'attempts to put right' the 1940 bombing to smithereens of central Coventry.

Much of it may well be into dated and decrepit old age, like the few surviving perpetrators, as led brilliantly by Donald Gibson and Arthur Ling, with Terry Gregory and Harry Noble rounding off. But it has been demanded, sponsored and relished with pride by the elected city council, and long observed, reported with detailed illustration, and admiringly encouraged by Astragal, no less, among many others.

Basil Spence's cathedral apart, nothing was to last forever.

Coventry's great strength was developing ideas through centuries, proudly watching others move on from its pioneering, and reworking where needs changed and as technology and affluence accumulated. Even Godiva's statue got turned 90 ¦.Dan Levett, London SE21

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.