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As the RIBA Conference in Venice opened with a reception at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum on an exceptionally balmy evening, one delegate questioned whether this was an unacceptably luxurious venue. More than 200 delegates evidently disagreed, having come from such places as Fiji. And Astragal was on their side, sipping another prosecco and nibbling a few deep-fried sage leaves.

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