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Missing link

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The Port Terminal at Yokohama by Foreign Office Architects is the most significant building by a British practice this year. Since Farshid Moussavi is a partner and a Stirling judge, you might have thought both would have been mentioned. Not a bit of it. Instead, we had the presenter and the genial architect/TV presenter Charlie Luxton bemoaning the lack of housing on the shortlist.

The Howarth Tomkins Iroko building on London's South Bank was flashed up as missing from the list. In fact, it was completed too late for this year, a point not made. Luxton spoke favourably about Sutherland Hussey's Barn House. Nobody said that it won the AJ/Robin Ellis 'First Building' award. Obviously it would be offensive to mention a sponsor, though it was OK for the presenter to name-check a colleague of his from the Sunday Times. Keep it in the family.

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