Architecture's great and good were out in force at the RIBA yesterday (Wednesday) to mark the launch of the 'Space Odyssey' exhibition on the 'renaissance of public space in Britain'. It was also the launch of the newly arranged Florence Hall - new furniture, new caterer, new image - a stylish marker of the Marco Goldschmied presidency.
What we must hope is that the space and investment is matched by a constructive attitude to the public events programme, especially at a time when the V&A is making some grandiose claims to becoming a National Architecture Centre. Over at the Royal Academy, where the purchase of the old Museum of Mankind will open up all sorts of architectural possibilities, a sensible course is being adopted:
seek to provide architectural events and exhibitions to complement rather than compete with what is on elsewhere.
Incidentally, why is 'Space Odyssey' on for six months? Is it really the greatest show on earth?