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ASTRAGAL

Last week Astragal alerted you to Will Alsop's appearance in Esquire , where he figured as one of Britain's 50 sharpest men, according to a survey. This week we turn to another survey in another glossy, but the architectural connection is a rather odd one - and as a commentator, rather than the subject.GQ magazine had a poll on its men of the year, an honour won last year by Ken Livingstone. This year it sought opinions from '50 of Britain's brightest' on this year's winner, Tony Blair. RIBA chief executive Richard Hastilow appears as one of those, sandwiched perhaps uncomfortably between Royle Family Dad Ricky Tomlinson and Spectator editor (and MP) Boris Johnson. Hastilow said of Blair:

'He's the first PM in recent times to highlight the benefits of good architecture in people's lives. There are now ministers responsible for achieving better design in public buildings and we now look to see the White Paper on Urban Regeneration followed up by an effective Bill.' The other commentators included Sir Terence Conran, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Max Clifford, AA Gill, Bono, Sir Paul Smith, James Naughtie, Tracey Emin and, oh, Bill Clinton.

Refreshing to see the institute in such company.

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