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Years ago I interviewed Richard Rogers (as he then was), at his suburban riverside headquarters. At one point I suggested that he was a true man of the twentieth century. To my surprise he did not take this as a compliment. 'I don't want to be a man of the twentieth century,' he said. 'I want to be a man of the twenty-first century.' It was then that I realised that Lord Rogers (as he now is), was a man of great ambition.