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'It's very derivative and has all the optimism of the Kamikaze ground- crew hangar in the second world war.' Murray Grigor on Foster and Partners' 'labyrinthine' Armadillo building in which the rias conference was staged

'We don't do this in Spain. It looks like a tennis match, no?' Enric Miralles on the British custom of talking in acronyms, especially where building regulations are concerned

'It could make a significant difference to all of our futures' Sebastian Tombs, rias director, on a Scottish architectural policy promised by the new parliament

'We're all scavengers - the best architects are scavengers.' Jonathan Glancey

'I'm a foreigner. I started my company when I had 24 hours to leave the country.' Ron Arad

'It's very difficult to do window detailing after lunch. So one lunchtime I didn't come back.' Arad on the problems of working in a large office

'England is a desert as far as design is concerned.' Arad again

'It's a very silly idea to do a shelf in one line.' And again

'That house belonged to John Seifert - the son of an architect. ' Arad 'He'll sue you for that.' Glancey

'I had a granddaughter two hours ago. She can expect to live to 102.' year old.' Richard Rogers discussing how changing life expectancies are important in the urban renaissance

'I love Christmas time very much - it's so sad.' Javier Mariscal

'Vodka is very good. I love vodka.' Mariscal again

'A siesta is very important - if you want to be older, take a siesta. If you want to have children, take a siesta with your girlfriend.' And again

'I don't speak English very well so I speak in graphics.' Mariscal yet again.

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