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Last week saw the last of the Architecture Foundation's extremely successful Winter Nights lecture series, with an interesting talk from Alison Brooks entitled, bizarrely, 'Hardcore'. An audience, probably numbering in excess of 200, was treated to a description of many of Brooks' projects to date, culminating in her competition entry for an arts centre in northern Norway - within the Arctic Circle. One cynical wag suggested that this was only one small step from transforming the North Sea's disused oil platforms into arts-regeneration projects.

Following Brooks' talk came a series of questions from the floor.

One audience member asked the Canadian-born architect about the influence the planning system has had on her designs, to which she responded that none of her applications had ever been turned down. An extraordinary achievement given that her work could hardly be described as conservative.

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