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Bear cheek

Architects' sources of inspiration are often surprising, but none more so than the trigger for the Rogers and Piano Pompidou Centre. Cedric Price's Fun Palace is often cited but, according to a recent radio programme, another portly, well-loved figure also played a key role. Discoursing on the charms of Rupert Bear, the presenter revealed that the check-trousered one was important to Rogers' vision of the Pompidou. 'Rupert cartoons can be read in a number of ways - you can look at the pictures, read the speech bubbles, read the verses or the longer explanations underneath, ' we heard. Rogers, it was said, was inspired by Rupert to adopt a similarly multivalent approach in Paris. Thank goodness the bear's trouser taste didn't prove equally influential (except on Sheffield school chief Jeremy Till).

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