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Open book

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Contrasting styles were in evidence at two book launches in London last week.The first, at the AA, celebrated Eric Parry Architects Volume One . Eric Parry spoke, and Jeremy Melvin and Patrick Hodgkinson responded, the latter in such erudite fashion that there were no questions whatever from an otherwise enthusiastic audience. Cheery drinks in a crowded bar completed the evening. By contrast, Terry Farrell launched his Ten Years, Ten Cities tome in the splendid surroundings of the Royal Institution lecture theatre.

Standing at the very bench where Faraday first demonstrated electricity, he treated the audience to a run-through of observations on the practice's work.The witty conclusion concerned Farrell's ventilation units for the Blackwall Tunnel, designed when he was at the GLC.

These were surrounded by Richard Rogers'Millennium Dome structure; Farrell's latest project is masterplanning the whole Dome area: 'Now I am surrounding Richard Rogers!'

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