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Tough time

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Champagne and caviar were in abundance for the Saturday-night opening of the Peter Cook and Colin Fournier contemporary arts centre in Graz, attended by a host of local dignitaries, dressed to the nines, and various architects including Nigel Coates and Wolf Prix, who described the glittering blobby structure as 'very English, very playful'. The next day Cook was accosted by a party of British tourists, one of whom asked him why the building looked like a 'pig's bladder'. Professor Cook responded: 'Because that's what it is.' Archigram lives!

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