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'The noisy, explosive Guggenheim is a Spielberg, spilling its silvery guts over the River Nervion. Bankside Tate will be a Hitchcock. Beneath a layer of apparent ordinariness, strange, exhilarating and sometimes unnerving places will be discovered . . . In architecture, as in film, greatness does not only come with the biggest bangs.' Rowan Moore. Evening Standard, 22.9.98

'A radio producer rings me. 'We are doing a series about the great architects of the 20th century, and we want you to talk about someone called Kandinsky.' I hadn't realised that the dumbing down of Radio 3 had gone quite that far. We run through the rest of the names on her list. 'Have you heard of Mies van der Rohe?' I confess that I have.' Deyan Sudjic. Guardian, 25.9.98

'Do not attempt to operate machinery while listening to Chris Smith.' Stephen Bayley, on publication of his new book Labour Camp (The Failure of Style over Substance). Evening Standard, 25.9.98

'James Dyson is an inventor of great talent and a self-promoter of cosmic genius. The machines which carry his name are intrusive and demand attention, but soon irritate. Like New Labour's New Britain, the Dyson is a bit of a travesty.' Stephen Bayley. IoS, 27.9.98

'At a party Bayley recently found the affable arm of Lord Rogers of Riverside about his shoulder, but when he mentioned the name of Mandelson the arm slid off and space rapidly grew between Bayley and the famous architect. Society hostesses in Hampstead no longer invite him to their soirees . . .' Rowan Moore. Evening Standard, 25.9.98

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