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Walsall's new character

Adam Caruso and Peter St John, architects of the nearly-completed Walsall Art Gallery, find inspiration in buildings with a 'characterful ugliness'. The industrial warehouse, the unexpected curve of an otherwise ordinary exercise in brick, even disused and crumbling structures - they are preferable to the prettified (and anaesthetised) city centres so beloved of designers whose Letraset citizens inhabit a world of banners, pedestrianised precincts and Mediterranean weather.

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