Page 6, 9th December 1960

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only supply drawings of everything, including full-size drawings of every detail, but you must supply a specification of the works to be done which shall describe precisely everything you can think of as to the nature and quality and amount of all the materials to be used . . . "The whole thing is completely inhuman. And the result is what anyone might expect but few people see — a world in which buildings are not only dead but damned . . ."

The workmen

ACATHEDRAL such as Chartres, of course, had an "architect" in that ithad someone to design the structure ture of the building. But the detail, the endless beautiful carvings that cover practically every surface, was obviously left to the imagination and skill of the workmen — and this is the state of affairs that Gill would approve. It is indeed difficult to imagine a skilled builder's workman today adding a bit of his own carving on the steel-and-concrete block of offices, or super-store, or even church, on which he is at work!

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