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China syndrome

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Moral dilemmas are not new to architects, as readers of Gitta Sereny's biography of Albert Speer know. But pity the riba big-wigs who have to wrestle with the conundrum of whether to send a delegation to the uia congress in Beijing, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Amnesty International has apparently advised non-attendance, but I hope president-elect Marco Goldschmeid will ask the advice of his colleagues at Richard Rogers Partnership: Tiananmen did not stop them masterplanning a district of Shanghai.

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