'To visit the finished building today is to take a stroll round the recesses of Stirling's fascinating and complex psyche . . . Lots of people still cluck over [this] big fat hen at Number One Poultry. I suspect this is because, deep down, they don't really like the idea of a modern building with all the eccentric character of an earlier age. It is not pretty. It is not graceful. It does not ingratiate itself. It is defiantly strange. But it exudes an astonishing sense of power and purpose.' Hugh Pearman. Sunday Times, 7.6.98
'His gp's scales registered only up to 20 stone, and he soon surpassed that feeble limit. This might, you would think, have blunted his erotic edge. But the queues of women still apparently eager to oblige him will hearten the gravitationally challenged everywhere.' John Carey reviewing Mark Girouard's colourful new biography of Stirling. Ibid.
'Step into the mighty baggage reclaim hall and you could be among the prodigious and terrific columns of the great temple of Karnak at Luxor. This makes sense in more ways than the purely visual: this airport is the most ambitious monument yet to the gods of travel (a modern fetish) and its kerosene-fuelled angels.' Jonathan Glancey acclaims Foster's Chek Lap Kok airport, Hong Kong. Guardian, 8.6.98
'It's something of a horror story. We are losing the equivalent area of ten football pitches every day.' Professor Timothy Darvill, director of research for English Heritage's Monuments at Risk Survey. The Times, 4.6.98