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SIR: It was with great pleasure that I saw one of the houses I have worked on as a designer published with a commendation COMMENDATION. The act of recommending, praising. A merchant who merely commends goods he offers for sale, does not by that act warrant them, unless there is some fraud: simplex commendatio non obligat.  in your December 2004 Emerging Architecture issue (p66). It was with dismay though that I saw that my name was omitted from the credits.

As landscape architect to the project, my role was not only the planting design but also the design of external features such as the parking structures slipped into the hill on the south face of the house (photograph 1), the traditional 'pezoules' (stone retaining walls) descending like waves from the Krater kra·ter or cra·ter  
n.
A wide, two-handled bowl used in ancient Greece and Rome for mixing wine and water.



[Greek kr
 to the 'lava flow' and the characteristic 'lava flow' itself (photograph 3) which connects the Krater to the guesthouse guest·house  
n.
1. A small house or cottage adjacent to a main house, used for lodging guests.

2. A bed-and-breakfast.
.

You will note that in the architects' plans this appears in its original design--a pathway leading from the house to the guesthouse--and not in my design of a V-shaped cut into the hill detailed with slanted stone walls and a slip of vestigial ves·tig·i·al
adj.
Occurring or persisting as a rudimentary or degenerate structure.
 'natural' landscape leading down from the 'pezoules' and out into the view.

Yours etc

THOMAS DOXIADIS

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Title Annotation:letters
Author:Doxiadis, Thomas
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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