Those architects with strong nerves and stronger livers are preparing themselves for the jamboree that is Mipim, the great property exhibition held in Cannes each year. Attendance numbers are growing as the advantages of networking with potential clients from the business world become increasingly attractive to practices across the design spectrum. There is a familiarity about this event that allows the following predictions:
(i) the Mayor of Cannes will announce that due to the traffic congestion generated by the show, there are doubts that it can continue in Cannes. He says this every year.
He doesn't mean it; (ii) several architects will express shock at the hedonistic nature of the show and its attendant partying.
Expect them to get over it, and return next year; (iii) several hundred chartered surveyors, having previously resolved not to stay up swilling lager in the Martinez Hotel booze tent, give it a go anyway. Every night;
(iv) frequent visitor mayor Ken Livingstone declares his continuing love affair with the property industry, the importance of property to London as a world financial centre, and the further indisputable fact that the only thing more important than property is himself; (v) somebody will try to steal one of the buildings featured on Pipers'magnificent London model, centrepiece of the London stand; (vi) once again, more alcohol will be consumed, and more money spent, than at the Cannes Film Festival.What downturn?