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House of fun

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Off to the RIBA for the institute's Housing Design Awards ceremony.

Construction minister Beverley Hughes announced her department would follow up the CABE-assisted urban design guide By Design next year, with new guidance on improving the design and layout of residential developments. Not everything was so serious. There was a surreal 'sweepstake' where the audience was asked to predict the award winners; the prize was a big bottle of wine and a photograph with the minister.

Marco Goldschmied (it's that man again) joined in the fun with some barbed comments about Montevetro, the stepped Thamesside luxury residential scheme designed by his own practice, Richard Rogers Partnership, and Hurley Robertson and Associates.

It was design and build, he said, and he was less than impressed with some of the detailing on the flat he has bought in the development. So sue!

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