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'Keeping the tobacco and Formula One motor racing lobbies happy seems to be more important than encouraging a theatrical revival, or providing decent public transport, or developing the river for anything other than property companies . . .' John Vidal reflects on Labour's apparent priorities. Guardian, 8.12.97

'If Gehry's Guggenheim is a cathedral celebrating everything that is shifting and unstable in 20th century experience, Meier's Getty is a temple dedicated to the contemplation of eternal things. These buildings are staid and expensive and conservative, but for just these reasons they will wear well, like a good suit.' Richard Dorment. Daily Telegraph, 12.12.97

'Put rats in claustrophobic circumstances and they become homosexual, murderous and cannibalistic in no time at all. Instead, humans find ingenious solutions: underground car parks, Chinese take-aways, one-man buses, cycle lanes, tall buildings.' Stephen Bayley on the pleasures of city life. Independent, 13.12.97

'I'd personally like to live in a world designed entirely by Richard Rogers (especially if his wife were in charge of catering) . . .' Stephen Bayley. Ibid.

'If there is one issue that can mobilise middle England more than any other, it is house building. Acid rain, global warming and pollution of the seas are all very important. But what the English mean by the green issue is a bulldozer arriving at the end of the lane.' William Waldegrave. Daily Telegraph, 15.12.97

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