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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Missing the Point

While I would hesitate to suggest that it implies an editorial line on architecture and the heir apparent, Simon Hoggart's column in yesterday's Guardian had an interesting tailpiece in which he supported Charles's interference with the planning process for the Chelsea Barracks redevelopment. What got my back up, though, was his description of Richard Seifert's Centre Point, one of my absolute favourite 1960s buildings (and Grade II listed to boot), as a "horror" which had been "imposed" on us. No, Simon, that would be Poundbury.

".....an intellectual lightweight, whose Britishness is embodied by fear of change, indifference to knowledge, distrust of science and addiction to the past." Patrick Hannan's spot-on assessment of Luggy fits Hoggart equally well.


At 22 June, 2009 10:54, Blogger naldo said...

Simon Hoggart just likes to be a bit contrary cos that's what he's paid to do.

Centre Point is London's Tour Montparnasse.


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