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Diversionary tactics

Last week's AJ reported that practising architects are more than likely to have to deal with Design Review Panels. Sadly there has been a paucity of advice on how to conduct oneself when getting a grilling.

Until this little gem turned up in The Reader. The article, previously featured in The Harvard Design Review no less, provides 'advice on what to do when a design jury attacks', with tactics from The Post-Modern Situation ('leaf through your sketchbook, look up and say "I'm sorry, what page are you on?"') to The Condescension ('look the critic dead in the eye and say "Well, well, look at Mr Fancy-Pants".')

Or there's last resort The Scarface: 'Dump a mound of cocaine on the site model, kneel down and bury your face in it'. Possibly before mounting a last-ditch defence of your marble-encrusted scheme with an M4A1 rifle, an undermounted M203 grenade launcher and cries of 'Say hello to my little friend!

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