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Hellman

'Architecture is a nuisance: historic buildings are usually in the way of something new and are best left to rot or to 'go on fire' - except, these days, when they are by Charles Rennie Mackintosh as the tourist department insists there is money in Toshie's ridiculous designs. As for new architecture, it is certainly not worth worrying about or spending money on: does anyone visit Glasgow to see good modern architecture? Of course not: there isn't any.' 'Piloti' on the uk City of Architecture and Design. Private Eye, 8.1.99

'Like many in their forties, his first loves remain the hits of the 1960s and 1970s. His party trick is to name the B-sides of almost any hit in the early 1960s.' Richard Ford on the cultural interests of new Dome supremo Lord Falconer. The Times, 5.1.99

'If he fails to last the political distance, for whatever reason, there will be little cause for dismay, however. Another River Cafe diner can easily be plucked from obscurity to govern the nation. Tony Blair, after all, is a keen advocate of friends in high places' Judith Woods on Lord Falconer's appointment. Daily Telegraph, 9.1.99

'Lord Riverside est un tres grand architecte. Son talent honore le Royaume- Uni.' Jean-Jacques Aillagon, president of the Centre Pompidou, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, 6.1.99

'High-tech is the high classicism of postmodernity, and the airport is its temple.' Michael Sorkin. Metropolis, February 1999.

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