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Hard to be matey

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During the rsa's 'Art for Architecture' annual event, the most succinct appraisal came from Andrew Brighton of the Tate. 'Artists and architects are like two animals of different species trying to mate,' he said. 'Nothing quite fits.' Lord Palumbo had his own view of things: we shouldn't worry if artist-architect collaborations aren't too successful to begin with. 'In the words of Ted Cullinan, you have to have Lonnie Donegan before you get The Beatles.'

The final day of Architecture Week saw a spectacular opening in Colchester, where Inkpen Downie unwrapped its building and launched its new practice. Some 22m of material made the building's shirt, designed by Paul Davies and Paul Rusack of Colchester College of Art. The Mayor of Colchester cut the riba tie and opened the doors for a total of 200 visitors to the new office, which also serves as gallery for work by students, artists and craftsmen.

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