How Stephen Lawrence's death touches us all

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Phil Coffey hails the good things that have happened in the 25 years since the aspiring architect’s murder

In the early ’90s, as students of architecture, we studied on drawing boards, text was rubbed on with Letraset, we scraped on trace instead of Control Z. The modernist estates were middle aged, Zaha Hadid was just about to win the Cardiff Bay Opera House competition and The Sackler Gallery won the Stirling Prize. It seems like a very long time ago.

But not for one family. As Stuart Lawrence recounted at the 25th Memorial Service for the tragic death of his brother, “it still feels like yesterday”.

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