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What buildings will be front-runners for the Stirling prize this year? How about the Moscow Embassy by abk? But surely this is not eligible, I hear you say, since as we all know candidate buildings must be within the eu. Yes and no. Although the embassy is of course in Russia, the actual site is owned by the Crown, could therefore count as a little bit of Britain, and thus be considered to be part of the eu. I gather the rules committee for the award has decided that it is indeed eligible. No doubt Michael Manser will be thinking about entering his embassy design in Dar es Salaam, when it is completed next year, especially since the embassy is actually for the eu. Anyway, good luck to Moscow and abk partner-in-charge Richard Burton. An award would be a fitting tribute for a practice which celebratesits 40th anniversary (honestly) next year.

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