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Barnsley chap

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Will Alsop was on good form at last week's AJ/Spectrum lecture at the Commonwealth Institute, where he showed a film made by the practice, first screened for Barnsley locals a few days earlier.

It concerned their thoughts about the town, and just a hint of the Alsop vision for its future (an encompassing wall which has been keeping the AJ letters pages buzzing). Alsop did not say much about his appearance on Richard and Judy to talk about the project, possibly because a poem by a local was read out in which the great architect was compared to a whippet. I gather he disposed of this suggestion by informing R and J that he was 'smarter than a ******* whippet'. And so he is.

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