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ARCHITECTURE: TONY FRETTON'S REDEVELOPMENT OF THE CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE
By Edwin Heathcote


The Victorians left us a huge stock ofred-brick buildings that have proved adaptable, powerful and resilient. Often ugly and aesthetically incoherent, they have often survived due to their enduring usefulness or the lack of will to replace them. Yet their resilience and their eclecticism have also led to them being robust and responsive to change.
The Camden Arts Centre was an archetypal Victorian piece of municipal mediocrity. In recent years we have become used to experiencing art in the cavernous interiors of tough, denuded, industrial structures: curators deliberately moved away from the loaded, traditional museums of a Victorian era voracious for bourgeois art...

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