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Eric Kuhne didn't realise the consequences of crashing a Christmas party at Michael Graves' house in 1985. He ran into Jeff Kipnis, 'who had just given a paper at a symposium to celebrate Mikey's 25 years in architecture . . . I had to tell him it was pathetic'. Kipnis, Kuhne remembers, 'admitted to running out of steam on all this decon stuff', and asked, 'What do you do when you get a universe without a centre?'

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