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'Disasters usually spring from detailed attempts to control people's lives. Any follower of the present fashion for 'sustainability' and high- density living should bear this, humbly, in mind. The slogan for planners should be the same as for doctors: 'At least do no harm'.' Paul Barker. Evening Standard, 27.4.98

'The only response to the chaos of life is rational architecture - not chaotic architecture.' David Wild speaking at the Architectural Association, 30.4.98

'He never paid anyone in his office - but apparently that's quite the thing with popular architects.' David Wild on Le Corbusier. Ibid.

'A final caveat: all the characters in the book know of no way of getting from place to place other than by car. Should London's traffic problems be entrusted to someone whose fictional creations so completely ignore public transport?' T J Binyon reviews Jeffrey Archer's latest novel. Evening Standard, 27.4.98

'. . . it marks as well as any the historical moment when Britain began to merge, visually and spiritually, with America.' Mark Lawson on the possible listing of Milton Keynes shopping centre. Guardian, 2.5.98

'We have government by press release. Not statesmanship but scene-shifting.' Stephen Bayley's verdict on a year of New Labour. Guardian, 28.4.98

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