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Smell the coffee

As Astragal stood in the hallowed atrium of the RIBA headquarters, a moment was stolen to peruse the list of esteemed names to win the Royal Gold Medal that covers the walls. In the other room Pierre and Jacques of Herzog & de Meuron fame were being interviewed by a gaggle of over-excited hacks. And as they gabbed about all things Swiss, a smirk was brought to this old cad’s face, for a poor, young RIBA employee was sent from the interview table to ...

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