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'The World Squares project for Trafalgar Square would greatly enhance the positive message for London . . . Without political leadership and determination, this will be just another example of a great idea left to expire on the spike of local opposition which fails to recognise the importance of managing our world-renowned sites in a deliberate, not an amateurish and accidental, fashion.' Michael Cassidy. The Times, 18.7.98

'Mr Brown, Mr Blunkett and Mr Dobson prefer to ask us to cast our admiring eyes on all the new buildings that are going to be erected. The architectural profession will have a field day, designing buildings that are not only really ugly but hot in summer and cool in winter. Anyone would think that not a single decent building had been put up in this country before 1914. In fact the golden age of solid brickwork and sound carpentry was 1890- 1910.' Alan Watkins on government public spending initiatives. Observer, 19.7.98

'It is not generally understood that three quarters of any modern building is designed by engineers - civil, structural, mechanical and electrical . . . The British habit of crediting the work of engineers to other professions, except when something goes wrong, does a great disservice to the country by discouraging many from entering the profession.' C J E Morris in a letter to the Independent, 17.7.98

'There has been a change in perception regarding my work. Call it the Bilbao effect. People are wanting to have different architecture.' Peter Eisenman. Metropolis, August 1998

'The Dome will be forgotten as quickly as the politicians and young hustlers who have willed it into existence. Its skin is designed for a 'minimum' life of just 25 years. The sarsen stones of Avebury Circle have stood aloof and erect for at least four millennia. They do not have to be sponsored by business corporations.' Jonathan Glancey. Guardian, 20.7.98

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