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180513 – A Sad Day

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The death of Will Alsop is a sad loss of a great architect and the Architects' Journal's tribute (link below) is a good one. He was born in Northamptonshire and proposed, against the philistines of Northampton, a terrific scheme for the riverscape of the town that would have made people sit up and pay a bit more attention to the benefits of Architecture with a capital letter rather than lowercase building design, which whilst more 'inclusive' includes a lot of very unsavoury non-professionals influencing the poor standard of design in the County:

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/10030981.article?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AJ_EditorialNewsletters.Paid:%20Send%20-%20Daily%20bulletin&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWXpSbVlqZ3haak5tTkRJMiIsInQiOiJqK3NkT28rZHN2ZGJNNWJTV053bkRnRFNFK2hFK1MrMzlkNU5lQWZla052VHNLb2FhYmNmUXVkVlwvekZJdkhtUHpBYzFhb2cwNTFiZ3FnblwvVDl2cWlidTVKeU9kNTdSZDhiS08xZjlYQmd1Mytzd0k3Mlp6Nm51R1hHd05QdkVOIn0%3D

As a County we have produced, very occasionally, some wonderfully maverick architects (from even before it was a profession) such as Sir Thomas Tresham (Triangular Lodge etc.), Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (Portmeirion etc.). Lets hope Will will not be the last. As neither Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Rutland have a School of Architecture why doesn't Northamptonshire set one up? We need more like Will Alsop to brighten our built surroundings.

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