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Master class

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Terry Farrell was on top form at the RIBA last week in the latest lecture on masterplanning and city contexts.

His ten propositions about the nature of masterplanning, taken from his projects all over the world, was nicely structured - it is the outline for a book now in preparation. The evolutionary nature of the firm's architecture from its Po-Mo days was never more apparent than in an image of the headquarters building the firm is now designing for Orange at Paddington, where transparency and structural simplicity are hallmarks. It is reminiscent of Farrell's thesis project for a winter gardens/leisure centre, off the coast at Blackpool and connected to the Blackpool Tower. Whatever happened to his terrific project, drawn up when a Royal Parks commissioner, for opening up routes and taking down walls?

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