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Rogers loses out in Australia

Richard Rogers has missed out to local architects in the East Darling Harbour competition in Sydney.

The practice came in for heavy criticism for its submission for the development of the 22ha waterfront site which, it was claimed, flouted rules on anonymity.

Among the schemes featured in the background of the unnamed RRP entry ( pictured) were images of a number of the firm's most high-profile projects, such as the famous Lloyd's Building (AJ 25.08.05).

However, the judges were not convinced by RRP's proposals and instead plumped for an Australian team made up of Phillip Thallis, Paul Berkemeier and Jane Irwin.

Meanwhile, the practice has played down reports Rogers failed to show up for a talk in Sydney's Mitchell Library earlier this week because he had lost the competition.

A spokesman said Rogers was advised not to travel by doctors following a minor operation, and added that he could not have known the outcome of the contest before the scheduled event.

by Richard Waite

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