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Astragal had the pleasure of attending a seminar on tall buildings last week, which saw Uruguay's favourite architectural son, Rafael Viñoly, give the audience the inside track on his latest 'masterpiece': the Walkie Talkie tower. As time began to run out, Viñoly was given the two-minute signal, prompting him to skip through his work. 'Boring', he said, as slide after slide of his proposals for 20 Fenchurch Street icked up. 'Boring. . .

boring', he continued, until finally he came to his last slide, and thanked his audience for listening. Boring, Rafa? Well, Astragal can certainly think of a few other words to describe that particular building.

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