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When three bright, but as yet unknown, young architects, hoping to form a partnership, set about entering an important competition, what is the best strategy? Back in 1951, Peter Chamberlin, Geoffry Powell and Christoph Bon (pictured seated) adopted the only sensible approach: they submitted not one but three distinct schemes. Powell won and Chamberlin, Powell & Bon (cp&b) was born. The competition was for the Golden Lane housing estate on the edge of the City of London, completed (in ...

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