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Another former AA teacher, John Frazer, recalled devising student programmes partly as a result of Priceian inspirations - the Generator project being one - and introducing CP to his students over breakfast on board his yacht at St Katherine's Dock. Other speakers included Will Alsop, who blamed Cedric for making him fat, Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture which owns a substantial part of the CP archive, Niall Hobhouse, who gave a heartfelt but unsentimental account of what it was like being a CP client in the last three years of his life, and Alistair McAlpine on the mental exercises involved in having breakfast with him. Hobhouse in particular delivered some wonderful anecdotes in relation to his project, an estate masterplan to incorporate a folly designed by Peter Smithson. He noticed that the folly was making no appearance at all in the CP drawings, and asked why. From that moment, the folly not only appeared but on some drawings appeared several times.

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