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Getting with the times

Gone are the glory days of architects wearing dicky-bows and talking animatedly about the Parthenon. Forget the roll-neck sweaters and get down to Diesel because to be an architect today you need cool credentials. Just look at the über-cool developers down at Urban Splash; most of them were involved in the ’80s with the infamously anarchic Factory Records; the music label that typified the Madchester scene. And now the RIBA is catching on. Spotted recently in its celebrity-tractor beam of a restaurant was former Smiths lead guitarist, Johnny Marr, and New Order’s front man and Factory favourite Bernard Sumner, giving an interview to the Independent. Apparently, they’re releasing a ‘Best of…’ album of their Electronic collaborations from ‘back in the day’. So you’d better buy it, and while you’re at it get yourself a Parka jacket and repeat the phrase ‘Y’alright arr kid?’

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