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You'd think the RIBA had more important things to worry about


Mr. Finch - lovely to see you hold forth as always - very entertaining, although perhaps most of your architect readers who cannot even get a weeks holiday in Eurocamp may be somewhat less interested in your business trips......still, I'm sure its all worth it. A couple of things about you article: Things have moved on a bit up here in Manchester - we do have several more designers of world class in addition to the excellent Mr.Savile (Peter). We have also have a few decent architects too......Maybe you could squeeze a trip up the M6 - I know I constantly challenge AJ, but it is well meant. You may understand the situation here in Manchester if you take the time to experience it first hand... And speaking as someone who works in Branding - there is a great deal more to Manchester than the usual list that gets trotted out. The notion of identity on a global stage is great - but it is axiomatic that you do not hollow-out your home market. Lipton's tea for instance - great export brand, but virtually unknown to the volume consumer in the UK market. For Manchester to thrive and not rely on something as fickle as football, we need a wee bit more than logos and positioning statements. We need some of the vast investment in infrastructure lavished on the over-populated, over-priced and massively family-unfriendly South East. The most successful nations thrive when the second city is roughly half the size of the capital. That is a matter of government policy which seems to escape us here in Blighty but is obvious in Germany for instance. Coming back to 'The Garden Bridge' - many think this highly questionable and rather daft idea should be challenged whatever the reason. It is a bridge with trees on it for Christ's sake. Anyone read The Emperors New Clothes recently?

Posted date

17 February, 2016

Posted time

3:15 pm