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Down here in the effete South, where all the starchitects and giant US interlopers operate their mysterious cabals, where 70 per cent of all British architects are concentrated in the ghettos of Camden and Clerkenwell, where there are the best architecture schools, where all serious architects have gravitated, where? need I go on?

But now the Deep North has hit back with a really good website. Its name is either clever, redolent of providing lots of nutriment, or really stupid. It is DesignFood NW. Actually NW is not a suffix but stands for north west England, the full monty being www. uk.

Name apart, this is a really great site, well laid out, straightforward navigation, plain English précis of the news stories to which it redirects you, terrific and intelligent links, a few jobs and only lacking the People, Places & Projects section which is currently under development. It is the work of Manchester architecture and design practice FKDA. I took a quick look at the practice website (www. fkda. co. uk) which is similarly neat, simple and friendly - though in need of help from a professional copy editor.

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