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Food for thought

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Architectural publisher Wiley is on good form. A splendid party for the launch of Jeremy Melvin's book on FRS Yorke is in train for tomorrow night at the Royal Academy, where Melvin organises architectural lectures and symposia. It will be a chance for the old YRM gang of Brian Henderson et al to get together, no doubt recalling both Yorke and David Allford, whose inspiration the book was, and whose memoir of Yorke completes it. The book was a labour of love for all involved, including David's son Simon, and involved countless lunches and dinners which provide a suitable sub-text to the book itself, given Yorke's love of the good things in life. This week has been a busy one for Melvin, as a result of his close involvement in the international initiative to save Alvar Aalto's Viipuri Library. The trust formed to undertake the work, and a group of other interested parties, were guests this week of the Finnish ambassador, Pertti Salolainen, at an embassy lunch. All power to their elbow.

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