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Why pretend new design is infallible?

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Your editorial last week seemed to assume that architects can never under any circumstances be held liable for technical failure of their designs, and that it is always manufacturers or contractors who are at fault.

The reality for all to see is that post-war British Modernism has produced some very sorry towns and cities full of clapped-out unusable rubbish, much of which won architectural awards at the time. Speaking as a builder, I find it extraordinary that architectural talents could have produced the rotting housing estates and ugly, redundant office buildings we see all around us, and all, apparently, in the name of a Modernist Brave New World.

Please don't try to defend the indefensible.

JAMES HAGGARD

Kingston-on-Thames

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