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After Cedric


The various events commemorating the life of Cedric Price last week were of a variety and intensity he would certainly have enjoyed. It all kicked off at the Architectural Association. Simon Allford chaired an afternoon of contributions about the Great Man, beginning with a nice tribute from AA chairman Mohsen Mostafavi. AJ editorial director Paul Finch recalled two decades of breakfasts, lunches and dinners in various locations, including Beijing in the late '90s, where the two heard with horror the BBC World Service announcement of the ban on beef on the bone back in the UK. They made up for this with a comprehensive banquet in the city's best duck restaurant.

Next up was Rem Koolhaas. He recalled arriving at the AA in 1968 and being taken aback by the apparent obsession with trivia like seaside architecture; only later had he come to realise a level of seriousness beyond the jokey. He also had some pertinent observations on Cedric's desire to build, and why it was that such a profound thinker had encountered such obstacles to making more of an impact in terms of built form.

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