On a final note, I heard a couple of architects at a party the other day bouncing an idea around as a way of resolving the longterm friendly (? ) rivalry between the practices of our two noble architectural lords. The plan involved bringing in the design talents of both Fosters and Rogers to give them free rein in a Meccano building competition.
This idea got the architectural duo fairly animated, as they speculated on what the teams might design, given the limited resources at their disposal.
Unfortunately, before long a few potential problems emerged.
'Who'd actually do the building?' one asked the other. 'Well, they'd have to get a contractor in, ' was the obvious reply. The same went for the all-important structural engineering - perhaps Hanif Kara and Phil Dilley might have to be present. Then an even more fundamental question emerged:
'Who'd do the designing, given there will probably be no Part IIIs present?' Good point. 'How do you think Meccano would respond to a letter from an architect demanding a bespoke new piece to solve a design problem?' was the final and interesting difficulty. Still, in spite of all these drawbacks, it's really not a bad idea at all.