A splendid ceremony marked the Cityscape/Architectural Review Awards, for architecture in developing countries, under the stars of Dubai last week. The event included filmed contributions by Peter Davey, editor of The Architectural Review, who chaired the awards panel, and RIBA president George Ferguson. Neither could be present, Davey because he was visiting the Taj Mahal as part of an Aga Khan Awards event, and Ferguson because he was cycling across Cuba for charity. A splendid time was had by all, including former Architecture Foundation assistant director Sarah Hopkins, currently enjoying a three-year stint in the country, where her husband is a diplomat. She was obviously enjoying her spell as stand manager for the Hopkins practice at the Cityscape exhibition; Sir Michael has built some homes there, has a major office tower on the go, and has been busy designing schools in the old way: talk to the client, visit the sites, design the buildings and up they go. No planning, amenity societies, EH, CABE etc, etc. Just a tiny bit of building control. Bliss!