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Rogers and Alsop on the role of the architect

So what is the role of the architect? A tough question, and one laboured over by Will Alsop and Lord Rogers one sweltering evening earlier this week at Libeskind's new summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in central London. The pair offered tortuous interpretations but, as the sun went down on Hyde Park, they failed to provide the 200-strong audience with a straight answer.

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