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Word play

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Architectural journalism comes under the microscope in a new book from Thomas A Markus and Deborah Cameron, The Words Between the Spaces: Buildings and Language (Routledge, £18.99).

The AJ's building study on Richard Hywel Evans' Cellular Operations HQ at Swindon (AJ 16.3.00) is subject to close textual analysis:

'There are some significant gaps and silences, ' say the authors, which 'obscure and mystify the power relations operative in call centres. . . In defining its scope so narrowly, and considering workplace power relations in such superficial terms, the AJ ends up allying its own point of view with that of the new capitalist/ managerial class.' Ouch! And there's plenty more where that came from, dishing out similar treatment to critics including Kester Rattenbury and Jonathan Glancey. We will, of course, be reviewing the book with rigour.

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