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Papal bull's-eye

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Papal architecture? The subject cropped up unexpectedly in Stefan Behnisch's Bristol lecture last week to coincide with the exhibition at the Architecture Centre (it runs until 14 August). The Behnisch practice has been commissioned to remodel its 1972 Olympic Games stadium in Munich to adapt it for football. Built for athletics, it is unsuitable for football; 'it works well for the Pope's visits, though,' he muttered. Speaking of some office projects that failed, he revealed that the Pope had wanted to celebrate the Millennium by building 22 new churches in Rome. Behnisch bid for one of the sites in a slum area, submitting a scheme based on a retreat/garden theme. The Mayor of Rome criticised the concept as 'too Protestant'!

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