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There was a big shock at last week's evening lecture at the RIBA, given by Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera Polo of Foreign Offi ce Architects, as the pair were greeted with the cutting words of their one-time boss Rem Koolhaas.

Rem was invited on stage to help chairman Charles Jencks dissect FOA's breathless tour of their work to date. Projects discussed included the Spanish Pavilion at Expo 2005.

Moussavi and Zaera Polo's description of the structure as resembling a Spanish 'paella' invited ridicule from Koolhaas, who described it as 'vulgar'.

This was until Jencks pointed out that many of Rem's buildings had been called 'vulgar' too. 'I think Rem should put the paella back in the box now, ' Jencks said.

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