With regard to the Turner Gallery, John Baron (NCE letters last week) asks who in their right mind could advocate building such a structure in such a hostile environment.
I think we should advocate it. The Turner Gallery represents only a modest challenge to the weight of knowledge, experience and technology commanded by the engineering profession today. History testifies to the success of projects that defied conventional wisdom in their time.
Engineers wishing to emulate the success of Brunel, Telford and Stephenson need only look to the principles underpinning their science for guidance.
Possessed of this knowledge, a cool head and a big heart is all that is required to render the seemingly impossible a reality.
Robert Harrold (G), robert_ harrold@hotmail. com