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Love not war

Letters

Design and construction are activities that share common ground and also demand their own distinctive and particular knowledge and skills. One does not exist without the other; they should enjoy a symbiotic relationship.

To be done successfully, you need high quality people to develop high quality relationships. That means mutual trust, tolerance and respect.

And no, that does not mean it should always be sweetness and light - it's a pretty harsh business and we all have myriad idiosyncrasies. Proper team assembly and creative tensions, though, can facilitate the best products.

The presumption that 'I am always right' is very entertaining and manifestly wrong.

The ability to listen and get under the skin of something that you don't really understand at the beginning can forge some of the most productive and creative collaborations.

Richard Henley, Arup, richard. henley@arup. com

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