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Public to have no say in 2001 Stirling Prize

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The public is to be denied the chance to influence the outcome of this year's Stirling Prize, run by the RIBA.Unlike last year, when 5,000 people registered their vote on the Channel 4 website, the selection of a shortlist is to be decided by the judges only.

The decision to bypass the public was made by Channel 4.The RIBA said it was disappointed by the move. 'But we're hoping that in future we'll be able to resurrect it, 'said a spokeswoman.

The longlist of about 50 regiona; winners is to be announced tomorrow (Friday). A shortlist of half-adozen buildings will be decided upon by the end of September and the winner is to be announced on 21 October in a televised ceremony on Channel 4.

The judges have yet to be appointed but will include Paul Hyett, RIBA president from 1 July, and AJ columnist Will Alsop.

The AJ can already reveal six of the longlisted buildings: Richard Murphy Architects'Harmeny School in Edinburgh; Consarc Design Group's Glencraig Day Care Centre; Urban Splash Architects' Old Haymarket in Liverpool; Loyn & Co Architects' house in Penarth; Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Eden Project; and Michael Hopkins & Partners' Portcullis House and Westminster Underground Station. See the list on Friday at ajplus. co. uk

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