An interesting turn-out at the Royal Academy to discuss the future of the former Museum of Mankind building in Burlington Gardens which the RA recently bought from the government. How should the extra space be used?
The AJ's Paul Finch described the myriad groups which discuss or contribute to architectural debate in London; Peter Cook did an international comparison and contrast, suggesting that the RA should appeal to the visitors passing through London at any moment; Jeremy Melvin thought that the Academy could try to present architecture in all its complex aspects rather than in the onedimensional way which frequently occurs; Katherine Shonfield argued for an artist's view of architecture to guide the curating of architectural activities. None argued for an architecture centre as such, and there were clarion calls for the maintenance of independence and a distinctive RA approach. Sir Michael and Lady Hopkins listened attentively; the tasking of designing and linking the new facilities falls to them.