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London calling

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Apiquant moment at the Young Architect of the Year award as Will Alsop and Sir Norman Foster bump into each other, Norman having just heard that he is to design the new Greater London Authority building rather than Will. They chat about other things. But they may be designing next to each other, since under a condition of the planning permission for the Foster complex, of which the glc building is a part, a chunk of land reverts to Southwark Council once a certain amount of building work has taken place. The land in question is where a social housing scheme was once planned - to designs by one W Alsop. Meanwhile spare a thought for Stuart Lipton, who guided the Foster team through the competition process as project manager for the scheme. He has been unceremoniously dumped in the developer role by investor- owner cit, the mysterious group run by a team of super-rich families. Let's hope the government doesn't end up with the Russian mafia as a landlord.

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