Architectural Blatherations

Studying Architecture at UTS: Mr Jason Fraser for the defence

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Some two years after we published a piece on the ruckus at the UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) school of architecture, Mr Jason Fraser has taken us to task for our attitudes. At Architectural Blatherations, we are adamant that our critics should have their say on our own site. We publish in full below Mr Fraser''s email, exactly as he sent it. He makes many good points, but we do wish he could learn about the concept of a paragraph.

Jason Fraser writes

Garry, you've made a scathing report on Elizabeth Farrelly's reporting of the situation at UTS. And unfortunately you've decided to attack Farrelly rather than adding anything of substance to the debate at hand. Why don't you quit attacking this person for whom you apparently have a great dislike and extending this dislike to be offensive to other important practioners and educators such as you've mentioned on your blog as nothing more than "cronies". I would like to call you a fool, etc, etc, for the comments you've made against these people whom I have had to privilege to encounter both on an educational and practice-related basis. But, since I don't know you this would be vain foolishness on my part and would serve no other purpose than to sooth my own ego at the perceived injustice that I believe you've done these people. If you want your blog to be of any real service to architectural culture, then you would be better serving us all including yourself to assess and report on this important change to the educational practice of one of Sydney's few architecture schools, without recourse to personal attack on people whom I dare say you know very little about. So let me make you a challenge. Tell us all what the real cost or benefit has been as a result of this change at UTS?? And please this time make it an objective commentary on the issues that will inevitably effect the architectural culture of Sydney, not a personal attack on this person or that, regardless of whether you think they did it first.