Ralph Erskine Dies

Erskine was perhaps best known for his housing projects, including the controversial Byker Wall housing estate in Newcastle. BD publishes a brief obit. along with one of the last notes the Architect wrote before he passed.

“Architecture, like the shaft of an axe, must beautifully and precisely symbolise its own good reasons for its necessary existence. Insight and sincerity will tell us which reasons are good.

Architecture and urban planning – be it at macro or micro level, a private villa or an office block – must not only be a showpiece of design and technology, but also give expression to those democratic ideals of respect for human dignity, equality and freedom, that are fostered in our society.”