Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Amin Taha is an architect working in London. I met him once when he was just starting out and working and living in two rooms. Absolutely no privacy; couple of gorgeous girls lounging around, wife, secretary, co-workers? No idea. He was moderately interested in me and what I was selling but he was just doing kitchen extensions in those days and had nothing I could really get involved with. Look at him now: award winning buildings, mega hotels and holiday complexes around the world; a really amazing website [here if you want to look] and an office with a prestige address. I thought he was charm personified back then, never thought for a moment that charm could get you this far, so fast.
His buildings represent what Philip Roth called the ecstasy of sanctimony and it cannot be defeated by analytic rigour.

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