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Trash or Treasure?
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The Rotunda - a giant loo roll in the sky, or a symbolic landmark of Birmingham?
Birmingham has some err, 'interesting' buildings - but which ones are trash and which ones are treasure?
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Love them or loathe them Birmingham certainly has some memorable buildings. Often slated for being an 'ugly' concrete jungle, the city has changed dramatically in the last few months with the birth of the New Bullring.

Here's a quick look at some of the buildings that have been the talk of the town. Are you a fan, or would you like to see them go to that great big demolition yard in the sky.........?

\international  Convention Centre
ICC

ICC

Opened by the Queen, the International Convention Centre was seen by some as a one hundred and eighty million pound gamble - and slated by her own son. "I'm not against development but I must confess I felt terribly demoralised when I went there to see the plans last year. Choosing my words to be as inoffensive as possible, I said I thought it was an unmitigated disaster."

Central Library
Central Library

Central Library

A building famously described by Prince Charles as being more suited to the burning of books than their preservation, resembling as it did "the headquarters building for the secret police of some impoverished Stalinist state".

Rotunda
Rotunda

The Rotunda

Possibly Birmingham's most famous landmark building, but is it just a giant loo roll in the sky?

Is this 1960's architecture at it's best or worst?

Have you got a nomination for a downright ugly building that needs to be 'kaboomed' - or perhaps you can shout about Birmingham's architectural gems..... Tell us! birmingham@bbc.co.uk

Don't forget to let us know which buildings YOU want saved from dereliction, and those which you think should get the dynamite treatment! Have your say here.

 

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