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'The qeh/Hayward Gallery complex and Pimlico School are without doubt the finest examples of the 'New Brutalist' era of architecture in the capital. To demolish them would be even worse cultural vandalism than the notorious destruction of the Euston Arch.' Dan Usiskin in a letter to the Evening Standard, 9.2.99

'To anyone who knows him, the idea that any power on earth could stop him expressing a passionately held belief is absurd. Stevens is like some huge primitive piece of ordnance, set to blow up at any moment with a deafening roar, capable of doing immense damage if pointed at the right target, otherwise of blowing the hands off anyone standing too near.' An unattributed comment on Sir Jocelyn Stevens' 67th birthday. Guardian, 13.2.99

'Next year all the great figures of Modernism will belong to a different century. Inevitably, their ideals, which have clung around us for so long, will begin to have a musty feel about them, and architects will begin to cast off what will seem to them the dead hand of Modernist thinking.' A prediction from Giles Worsley. Daily Telegraph, 13.2.99

'The Alsop & Stormer building will be as unlike a public library as the Taj Mahal is to your local post office . . . An urban landmark. A social catalyst. An architectural experience of a very high order. And how delicious this is given these cynical times of pfi: a public building commissioned by a public authority and paid for by public money.' Jonathan Glancey looks forward to the new Peckham Library and Media Centre, opening this summer. Guardian, 15.2.99

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