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'If any building now proposed for London has the potential to move the human spirit, it is the 'Spiral'. It is not the work of cynicism or greed but of architects and engineers who would lead an easier, better- remunerated existence if they didn't insist on such extraordinary designs.' Rowan Moore applauds Libeskind's v&a extension. Evening Standard, 26.5.98

'Richard or one of the children rings me when I'm cooking and sometimes I think, you know, here I am on stage; now would anyone call Diana Rigg during a soliloquy?' Ruth, Lady Rogers. Guardian, 1.6.98

'The centre of Birmingham, if anyone bothered to look, is much better than its reputation insists . . . There are also several multi-storey car parks of genuine splendour - yes, I can hear the apoplectic guffaws, but architecture is about aptness and aesthetic certainties, not about a hierarchy of uses. Churches can be duff, while toilets can be landmarks.' Jonathan Meades. The Times, 30.5.98

'Tony Blair has accused the Dome's critics of lacking courage . . . I find I do indeed lack that special brand of courage it takes to find oneself in complete agreement with the Prime Minister and Rupert Murdoch and a Government with a large parliamentary majority and £758m.' Rowan Moore. Evening Standard, 28.5.98

'Flannel. If you admire something, you don't damage it.' Sir Denys Lasdun on Stanton Williams' professed admiration of the National Theatre. Independent, 28.5.98

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