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'Most architects are optimistic to the point of banality. They have to be, as it's hard to sell pessimism to clients. Rem Koolhaas somehow manages a less simplistic view and, like painters and writers, to use pessimism to make his work all the stronger. Perhaps this is why he has been able to make such an extraordinary house out of his client's personal tragedy.' Rowan Moore hails Koolhaas' new house for a paraplegic client in Bordeaux. Evening Standard, 28.7.98

'He's one of the few architects to be very good and also a nice person.' Charles Jencks on Frank Gehry, now commissioned to build two cancer care centres in the uk. Observer, 2.8.98

'When his children were little, he used to remove plastic bottles of water from the dining table because they ruined the look of the meal. Once he shouted at one of his boys for mowing a patch of snowdrops: 'Can't you hear them screaming?' 'The thing to remember about Terence,' says Stephen Bayley, 'is that he has an overwhemingly aesthetic view of the world . . . '' Marianne Macdonald in a profile of Sir Terence Conran. Observer, 2.8.98

'. . . what began as a democratic proposal is rapidly turning into a very undemocratic scandal.' A leader in the Evening Standard on Gordon Brown's handling of the Diana Memorial Garden scheme. 27.7.98

'It will go on for another six months at least - if they get a shift on.' A commissionaire on duty at the Heathrow Terminal 5 planning inquiry, now well into its fourth year. Guardian, 3.8.98

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