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New riba president Marco Goldschmied's inaugural address contained interesting references, starting with past-president Gordon Graham (rip), who was responsible for the practice winning the Lloyd's project, and ending with Cedric Price's advice to a woman client: 'You don't need a house extension, you need to leave your husband'. Marco's most intriguing claim was that every time Concorde takes off, it consumes more oxygen than the amount breathed in by the entire Swiss population in a whole year. His largest-scale suggestion was that riba members should work with the World Bank to guarantee future sustainability. Perhaps he should talk to hereditary peer and architect Lord 'Tissue' Hankey. Lady Hankey is an executive with the bank.

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