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Run for cover

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Designed to provoke (Comment, NCE 16/30 December) - and as such it did - caused me to curse and the magazine got thrown across the room.

I have no problem with Foster being on the cover of NCE. He is one of 'the' architects of our time and has every right to be on the cover.

My problem lies with the cover line.

Anybody seeing the magazine reads it as 'architects design bridges'. What rubbish. We get to the article, which reiterates that the bridge was designed by Foster and transformed into reality by the engineers.

Foster has a right to fear engineers as he appears to have a strange idea of working as a team - as was evident on the Millennium Bridge. Antony Oliver tries to defend him by suggesting that pedestrian induced vibration is 'clearly an engineering design problem'.

What on earth does he think crossing a 245m high, 2.5km wide valley is?

We can not as individuals or as a profession continue to whine and complain unless we are doing something about our moans. Get on your podiums and tell the world what we do and berate the media when they get it wrong.

Tim Harris (G), tim. harris@expeditionengineering. com

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