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'When I was young I wanted to play the trumpet but I wasn't very good. So I decided on architecture. When I told my father that I wanted to be an architect he said, 'You're crazy! A builder is much more important.'' Renzo Piano. Swissair Gazette, July 1998

'Miralles is to architecture what Ted Hughes is to poetry: you could call his style 'wild-man organic' . . . Wild-man architecture is physical, sensual stuff - form follows luncheon, you might say.' Hugh Pearman. Sunday Times, 12.7.98

'I'm fed up with this trend for architecture as spectacle. It's frivolous, fairground stuff, all form and no content, designed to make you stop and stare rather than put you at ease as a human being. Architects like Gehry and Miralles have forgotten the concept of urban space in their desire to create isolated objects of art that just make an impact. It's a sort of kitsch.' Angelica Trachana, editor of Astralago. Independent on Sunday, 12.7.98

'For most families, suburbia remains the preferred option. What we build here - public or private - matters most of all. But it is often the most ignored. We urgently need a new model for what you might call 'good ordinary housing'.' Paul Barker. Guardian, 8.7.98

'Some of the greatest acts of man are often completed hours or even minutes before the performance.' Bob Ayling, chairman of ba and the Millennium Experience Company, tells a Commons Select Committee that he still has no idea when contents of the Dome will be finalised. Independent, 9.7.98

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