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Equality on site

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Women's minister Joan Ruddock spent time visting the Millennium Dome earlier this month, when she met a variety of women working on the site. Alas, I noticed no architects present. So what is the state of play with their various projects? Hearsay is that Zaha Hadid is busy on a design for the Mind Zone best described as a bridge, doutbless involving her trademark cantilevers. Eva Jiricna battles on with the Spirit Zone and the seemingly endless argument about explicit religious identification within it. All is quiet on the muf front - will we see the 'inside/outside' ice rink? No one is saying, but I hear that this zone, known as Local, is now subject to the tender attentions of Richard Rogers sidekick Philip Gumuchdjian. I also hear that chief Dome supporter Peter Mandelson is extending his interest in architecture to the Victoria & Albert Museum. He recently asked for a presentation from Danny Libeskind on his proposed extension. Support from PM could prove crucial in attracting the required funding, notwithstanding Lottery turn-downs so far.

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