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Dating game

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The Independent on Sunday brings news of 'Cupid for Chemistry', Britain's biggest singles event, where 'up-for-it' women install themselves behind desks while men move around the room at three-minute intervals signalled by bursts of music.

Participants make a note of each other's allure on scorecards. When any two people are enthusiastic about each other the organisers let them know 'Hey, you've got chemistry!' Surely the model could be adapted to matchmake architects and clients. As an eyewitness reports, the whole set-up 'follows the ruthlessly logical premise that if you don't fancy someone within minutes of meeting them, you never will - and frees you from the age-old dilemma of being trapped in a conversational cul-de-sac with the most boring person in the universe'. Expect to see the RIBA speed-dating initiative soon.

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