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The RIBA lecture series on masterplanning ended this week with a discussion between CABE chief executive Jon Rouse and SOM London chief Roger Kallman, which drew a good crowd. In fact attendance at the series has been on occasion remarkable; two weeks ago nearly 1,000 people attended three events in one week, including lectures by Adriaan Geuze of West 8 and Lord Rogers. A smaller, but appreciative, audience came for last week's lecture by Demetri Porphyrios, who ran through an extraordinary range of work - from Oxbridge colleges to Greek islands - with refreshing clarity and useful figure-ground analysis. His big recent regret was the refusal of planning for a residential tower in Reading, part of a development for Argent with Lifschutz Davidson doing the offices. A lower-rise tower has been given permission, and work will soon be under way.

Imagine: a Classicist refused permission for a tower. Demetri must have felt just like a Modernist.

The series was planned by Tamara Horbacka and Julia Chance from RIBA Events. They should do another one.

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