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Through a glass darkly

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Astragal

What des 1998 hold in store for the profession and its denizens? Astragal looks into the Buckyball . . . Alas, we begin with the sad prediction that Dr Brian Hanson will be leaving the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture at the end of this month, following the closure of the institute's Projects Office, which he founded. The closure of the unit follows the appointment of the new ruling council at the institute, under the chairmanship (as revealed in this column last autumn) of Lady Browne-Wilkinson - known as lbw and Camilla Parker-Bowles' divorce lawyer. The graduate school is closing once the current year finishes this summer, and it can only be a matter of time before the word 'Architecture' is dropped from the institute name. Incidentally, I am told the most recent Projects Office initiative, in Lebanon last summer, ended when some local participants were shelled by the Israeli army in Sidon! This year's Summer School is still planned to take place, in peaceful Virginia, Connecticut and less peaceful New York.

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