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Mellow yellow

At a very civilised dinner in south London, developer Cathedral Group invited a select group of architects for a salon-style debate about housing.

But the debate turned red when CABE Space chief Sarah Gaventa made a backhanded criticism of the yellow balconies of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' (AHMM) Barking Central development (pictured). 'I always think of Katharine Hepburn: 'A woman should never wear yellow'," she said, before Alicia Pivaro, former director of the RIBA Architecture Gallery and wife of AHMM partner Paul Monaghan (also present), sprang to her husband's defence. An icy atmosphere descended, but they wouldn't let it lie. The elegant Martyn Evans drew the debate to a close before it got really nasty. Clearly there's some tension there, the source of which Astragal is unaware...

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