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RIBA caterers pulled out the stops for the reception at Rafael Moneo's Royal Gold Medal presentation. Spanish wines were accompanied by prawns, tortilla and chilled gazpacho. Moneo gave an intelligent run-through of his work, with the most impressive building (for a British audience) being his extension to the city hall in Murcia.

This is in Cardinal Belluga Plaza, the most historic square in town and bang opposite the cathedral. Moneo's building is a wellmannered and well-considered brick construction but it is still nearly impossible to imagine such an unremittingly contemporary building being permitted in a comparable location in the UK today. The ceremony was a friendly affair and, as president George Ferguson noted, it was rather easier making the presentation than last year, when the Archigram team were up on stage

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