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Letter: Plea for design

Sir: I applaud the desire of Marco Goldschmied, the new president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, to convince us all of the importance of good design ("A fresh facade for British architecture", 22 March). I fear, however, that his words echo those of former presidents over the past decade.

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Motor Show `98: Small specialists prove the Brits have grit

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High Court bans Lotus directors

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Motoring: British minnows shine in the big pool

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