THE story on the architectural students’ designs for the “South Lanes” (The Argus, May 10) was interesting. I was also glad to see three-dimensional models still being made and not just computer generated.

I was somewhat dismayed, though, at their knowledge of the city and its history. This should be integral in their understanding of a place where a building is to be constructed.

“The Lanes”, which is the area I assume they were in, is a series of small twittens and streets in the Old Town of Brighton.

North Laine is named after one of the five old fields by Kenneth Fines, the then-planning officer for Brighton, whose foresight helped save many of the streets in the area from demolition, although some were lost to grand schemes that never happened.

I also noticed in a map for an art trail by students of the University of Brighton, a reference to Portslade as “Brighton’s industrial fringe”.

I am not sure the inhabitants of Portslade would like that title.

The village and its ancient church St Nicholas of Myra was the centre of the parish.

The southern part of Portslade developed later in the 19th century as a result of investment in the port of Shoreham.

The identities of these two parts of Portslade is clear even today.

Lavender Jones, St Lukes Terrace, Brighton