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Vanishing act

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Hot news from MIPIM, the annual conference, networking and general schmooze-fest from the south of France: St Paul's has been obliterated from the London skyline. One night during the show, held in Cannes last week, a model of the building was stolen from a huge, Pipers-designed model of London. No doubt if, voodoo-like, the actual building had similarly vanished, there would be great joy among the development community, fed up with (as they see it) overrestrictive views protection.The theft, which mirrored a similar escapade last year involving Foster's Swiss Re 'erotic gherkin', was discovered as London mayor Ken Livingstone was addressing a large crowd about development opportunities in his city. Following a few phone calls, the son of Pipers'modelmaker boss Barry McKeogh flew in to Cannes shortly afterwards with a replacement St Paul's to be slotted into place, which had been quickly knocked up and brought over in his hand luggage.That's what you call urban renewal.

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