Architecture Foundation chairman Will Alsop was on characteristic form at a packed lecture in east London just before Easter. A string of aphorisms and observations included this welcome clarion call: Architects should be rich. And go on holiday. A lot.'
Disappointingly for a professor, he also declared that: 'All the architectural theory I've ever learned is rubbish'; but on the bright side, 'young people in Bradford don't really wear very much? which isn't a bad thing in itself, I suppose.' A lively dinner followed at hot new Clerkenwell restaurant Zetter, named after the pools company whose old building has been converted by Laurie Chetwood into a hotel and restaurant. I noticed critic Deyan Sudjic, foundation director Rowan Moore, deputy Alicia Pivaro, and Paul Monaghan of AHMM tucking into a feast of octopus, sweetbreads and other tasties. The table contributed to the restaurant running out of (a) Bardolino and (b) grappa. The public lecture was Will's second in two weeks - the other delivered at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, on his old mentor and employer, Cedric Price. Cedric, incidentally, will be the subject of a Design Museum exhibition later this year.