Now we know why it's been so long since the last riba 'annual' conference: it was all a matter of finding a suitable venue. Now, however, thanks to the Millennium Commission, one has been found - Michael Wilford and Partners' Lowry Centre in Salford will host next year's shindig, to be organised by Wordsearch (so busy!). It will be an all-singing, all-dancing affair, with international as well as national stars. All that remains is an all-encompassing title. Given the location, how about 'Periphery'?