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Architects out in force at Cannes property festival

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A No 73 bus - driven all the way to Cannes by two drivers at a top speed of 38 mph, and sponsored for £10,000 by Jones Lang LaSalle, gle Properties, Hamptons and Churchfields - was one of the draws at last week's mipim, the property networking and alcohol-fest. This year it was attended by a record 81 architectural practices from the uk including Richard Rogers Partnership, Arup Associates, czwg, edaw and small outfit Albuquerque Nogueira. Even the riba clients' advisory service and incoming president Marco Goldschmied were there, the latter as part of his practice's push for masterplanning work in Eastern Europe.

The show's 10th anniversary was attended by 272 exhibitors, compared with 199 last year, with the UK second best represented with 658 companies. Over 10,000 people visited, 2000 more than last year.

bdp clinched the best office building award for its 35000m2 Scottish Widows scheme in Edinburgh. The largest group of British architects was with Wordsearch's 'Architecture 1999' stand, which will be a 'Millennium Pavilion' at next year's event. Other highlights included St Martins' marketing of Ian Ritchie's Tower Bridge Theatre project, suggesting that the scheme is on again; Canary Wharf's presentation of its new buildings, and the City of London's identification of sites for seven skyscrapers in a fightback against Frankfurt's recent tall building challenge. The areas are likely to be around the Baltic Exchange, London Wall and Old Broad Street.

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