LETTER:Home truths

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The Independent Online
From Mr Matthew Cooper

Sir: Your article on the dilemmas facing those who are to decide on the fate of the tower blocks of the Sixties asks for readers' comments ("Brutalist, original, but a slum," 2 October).

By all means preserve the Brutalist monuments. But, at the same time, ensure that those who are to live in them truly wish to do so. And invite those who call for their preservation to take up residence. "Honesty to materials" can then be accompanied by "truth to the ideas one imposes on others".

If, however, the decision is to demolish, let not their architects feel anguished. For they have succeeded in their aim. Their blocks did change society - or, rather, the people whose lives were led inside them.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Cooper

Bromley, Kent