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What's in store

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Adelightful evening at the Soane Museum last week, where Jonathan Glancey quizzed Daniel Libeskind about architecture, history and the nature of the banal, for the education of an invited audience including Charles Jencks, Jules Lubbock, Sir Richard MacCormac and other sages. The big news is that Danny has won a competition to design a commercial scheme in Berne, Switzerland, and is now getting used to the idea of this rather than the usual cultural buildings. 'It is not a masterplan, but a physiognomic idea, it is about the community. Actually what is the difference between a mall and a museum?' He is obviously having fun with the commission, especially after it was suggested that his competition design 'wasn't Libeskind enough'. 'I told them that my concept was: I don't like shopping centres!' He told the audience he preferred the idea the Marx brothers used in The Big Store , where they invaded a department store and lived in it. . .

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