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'If they sell more knickers per square metre, we'll be happy'

Jan Kaplicky on Birmingham Selfridges. Times, 2.9.03 'It resembles nothing so much as a spaceship from Planet Acne.

Presumably this vessel has touched down in Brum to bring the benighted inhabitants news of Gap, Starbucks, Virgin and all the other amazing advances that have made life elsewhere in the galaxy so fulfilling'

Will Self on Birmingham Selfridges.

Evening Standard, 5.9.03 'He is the one historical figure who can be counted on to enthuse members of the present-day architectural profession from every camp, even those with no other discernible interests in history'

Deyan Sudjic on Sir John Soane, born 250 years ago this week. Observer, 7.9.03

'We British are always being told by architects and designers that we are reactionary. This is a myth. We should not let modernist architects get away with running the public down just because we are discerning enough to dislike their creations'

Anthony Jennings. Times, 3.9.03

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