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Opera House Lottery: Zaha Hadid and the Cardiff Bay Project Hardcover – 30 Sep 1997
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`For anyone interested in attracting lottery money, or concerned with the tragicomedy of arts funding and public building in Britain, this is both an instructive read and "a source of innocent merriment' (RIBA Journal) 'Lord Crickhowell tells a story which . . . grips like a thriller . . .' (Architects' Journal) 'What he has written is a detailed account of blindness and bungling, indifference and ignorance, cowardice and croneyism . . . ' (RIBA Journal) 'Who would want to read a book by one of a vanishing breed of old-style Tory peers about a building that never happened, designed by an architect who has never managed to get anything built in the UK?
In the case of Opera House Lottery, the devastating tale of the failed attempt to build Zaha Hadid's competition-wining design by Nicholas Crickhowell, former chairman of the Cardiff Bay Opera House Trust, the answer should be "everybody".'
' . . . a riveting if depressing read . . . Three cheers for Crickhowell for breaking ranks and exposing the shabby saga of the greatest unbuilt masterpiece of the late twentieth century.' -- Architects' Journal
In this frank account Nicholas Crickhowell relates the full and controversial inside story of the rise and fall of the Cardiff Opera House, a tale of intrigue, double-dealing and back-stabbing, and waste of lottery money. The book explores how it was that an organization which included Michael Heseltine and Virginia Bottomley could have failed to rise to the occasion, and explains how the conduct of prominent political personalities in Cardiff and the attitude of the press contributed to the disaster.See all Product description
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If the book is true, it does not bode well for any large or complicated projects and probably explains why HS2 will end up costing several times its estimate and why politicians and civil servants should not be allowed to run anything of any importance.