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    Thanks for the articles Gilliatt, they are quite enlightening. The thing that always strikes me about architectural writings is an air of preaching to the converted, by which I mean that a majority of people take only a passing interest in proposed new buildings and those who do are, by and large, architects or people connected with the subject. This can be seen in the adjectives used to describe projects either newly completed or pending. Words such as ''innovative, stunning, towering, glittering" etc etc. all used in a self-congratulatory message that tries to conceal the questionable impact that the design will have on the public. Of course people will start using shiny new facilities inside arts centres and other public buildings, that doesn't mean that the exterior is generally acceptable.
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    The 43 story tower may have been given the go-ahead by the High Court but the South Bank of the Thames has a history of proposed schemes biting the dust and all is not yet lost. It does not surprise me that Lord Rogers is involved and I daresay that after recent rejections he will do his utmost to get this one built but, as has been said, it would blight the area for generations to come. It may look like a low rent tenement block but the cost of renting in central London is exhorbitant which is, of course, its the raison d'etre.
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    Hi Gilliatt,

    Sorry not to have replied to your posts earlier but a technical hitch prevented me from accessing LitNet, but it seems to have been resolved now.
    Regarding the new U.S. embassy building, I honestly do not think that preserving the view of the Palace of Westminster from the proposed new site matters. After all, Nine Elms is essentially a large market. However, given the tendency of architects to cajole their paymasters into accepting designs that do not conform to public acceptance, I fear that the proposed building might turn out to be yet another example of inappropriate building design.
    As for the eagle, I don't think it will be retained as part of the original building and may find a position incorporated in the new embassy . Concerning the statue of Eisenhower, I think it should remain in Grosvenor Square or possibly transfer to Parliament Square among other historic figures.
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    hahhahaha...I bet now you even more confused; cheerup, Monday all will return to normal...we will all return from our little trip to Oz.....just click your heels together and repeat 3 times after me - "there's no place like home"......
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    I know it's confusing. First year they did this I was bonkers...I think I hated it and then next year I went with the flow and really had some laughs. It's cracking me up this year...in posting Virgil's mug shot. Today, later, I will change to another avy. Then you will really be confused!!! hahaha
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Favorite Author:
Victor Hugo and Oliver Goldsmith
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Toilers of the Sea, The Traveler and The Deserted Village
Name: Gilliatt Gurgle, married with one son. Interest in books and reading began the day my mother and I discovered my Grandfather's WW I footlocker. Inside was a treasure of numerous novels and books of poetry.
Reading of course, photography, outdoor contemplator, camping/ hiking, watercolor/drawing, wood/metal work, coin/stamp collecting, - a little bit of everything.
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