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Waldemar Januszczak spoke at the same awards event. The Great Critic is making a series of architecture programmes for Channel Four as part of the Stirling Prize (including one with the, according to Waldemar, 'extraordinarily difficult to work with' Piers Gough). He had some interesting things to say about the Richard Rogers-designed Channel Four building and how it came about. Apparently the channel was shown 'a huge expanse of office space' at the then fairly desolate Canary Wharf, but Michael Grade vetoed it because there was nowhere then to get a good cappuccino. So they drew up a shortlist for Horseferry Road including Foster, Stirling, Rogers, and David Chipperfield. Hopkins turned them down. Stirling's bricky design would have made a lovely bank, Januszczak said, but it was Rogers who was first to be chucked off the shortlist, followed by Foster. People apparently thought the Rogers scheme pretentious. 'But suddenly Michael Grade told us he'd had second thoughts and that we should have second thoughts too . . . I think he'd been lunching at the River Cafe the day before. . .'

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