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International Warsaw comp abandoned after jurors walk out

The hugely controversial competition to design the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art has been abandoned after several jurors resigned.

Following the incident, which saw four of the jurors including Deyan Sudjic and Tate director Nicholas Serota walk away two weeks ago (AJ 15.06.06), the competition will now be restarted.

The quartet made the move after claiming that leading architects including Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and Will Alsop were being excluded from the competition for 'spurious reasons'.

One of the incidents sparking the walk-out was the rejection of Chipperfield - whose entire submission was in both English and Polish - for failing to produce a letter that handed the power to sign documents to his company secretary.

Another example was the rejection of Eduardo Souto de Moura because he had not produced evidence that his other company directors have a clean criminal record. Souto de Moura does not have any fellow directors.

But now all the architects that were rejected have been asked to resubmit their entries.

Sudjic, the new director of the Design Museum, said he was pleased with the decision to start again. 'This is a good outcome from our decision to walk away,' he told the AJ this morning.

'But I am yet to read the small print on the announcement, so I reserve any other judgment,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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