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It is hard to see how the Foster and Partners 'Business Academy' in Bexley fits in with a military theme. However, you have to say it has blown a big hole in the government argument that PFI is the right procurement route for educational buildings. No city academy is being procured using this method, yet Tony 'Integrity' Blair made a point of saying, when he opened Bexley, that this building represented the future of schools. What on earth did he mean? Meanwhile, the sixth building on the Stirling shortlist, and many people's favourite to win it, is the Peter Cook/Colin Fournier Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria. No direct connection with the conflicts of yesteryear, but another example of Austria's cultural movers and shakers using overseas architects to mark their opposition to the nationalist types (sometimes ex-Nazi sympathisers) that have given the country a bad name. Incidentally, if you hadn't already heard this, Arnold Schwarzenegger's claim to have seen Russian tanks in the streets of Austria (his home country) before he muscled his way into the US is entirely mendacious. The Russians left Austria two years before he was born.

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