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Booked out

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A glittering turn-out for the long-awaited launch of the Dixon Jones monograph, by Ken Powell and others, which has been in production one way and another since 1993. The book is very nicely published (by Right Angle), which has behaved rather differently to the original publisher. It, disgracefully, decided it didn't want to publish the book when huge amounts of effort had gone into getting material ready. The architects were aghast, since they had a contract. The publisher pointed out that although the contract said it would indeed publish, there was no time limit. It couldn't say when the date might be. This is an awful warning to architects everywhere: make sure you are not being stitched up by the unscrupulous. Charles Samaurez Smith spoke wittily at the launch;

having worked with Dixon Jones on the excellent National Portrait Gallery extension (where the launch was held), he is their client again at the National Gallery next door, where he has taken up the director's role. Among the great and the good present was Isi Metzstein, still searching for a contemporary building he can truly admire, Ricky Burdett, Bob Allies, Graham Morrison, Sir Richard MacCormac and many others, too numerous to mention.

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