Letter: Conservation for the millennium

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Sir: The Great Exhibition was designed by Joseph Paxton, the Festival of Britain by James Gardner. Both men were visionary, and in their own small way, geniuses.

I used to work for Gardner as a young designer; he used to impress on me that the world is divided into two types of individual "doers" and "talkers".

I suggest that the Millennium Commission (a lot of talkers who perhaps talk too much) hand the job over to Sir Richard Rogers and Sir Bob Scott and let them get on with it, otherwise, as you suggest (leading article, 19 May) nothing will happen.

ROBERT LETTS

Department of Architecture,

Landscape and 3D

Manchester Metropolitan

University

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