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To Istanbul for the triennial UIA congress. The opening party was in Haghia Sophia, the 1,400-year-old church converted to a mosque. It is now a museum, but what remains of its Byzantine mosaics were unfortunately upstaged by the UIA's main sponsor, a bathroom manufacturer, which placed copious displays of its wares around the upper galleries. As if this wasn't crass enough, the ubiquitous CNN, which was televising interviews with Zaha Hadid and Peter Eisenman, had its logo beamed down on to the most holy spot in the building.

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