One last titbit from MIPIM 2005: in conversation with a friend of Massimiliano Fuksas, it emerged that the great Italian had a little trouble with Salford councillors - remember he's drawing up a masterplan for the city centre.
Apparently, he has had difficulty persuading them to recognise that Salford is, in fact, on the periphery of Manchester and very much in its sphere of influence. They will not, rather unsurprisingly, accept that their city doesn't have a character of its own. This makes urban design challenging. On the one side you have Mr F telling the council that the city has to respect the influence of its neighbour and, on the other, you have councillor busybody saying: 'Manchester?
Never heard of it, mate.'