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Wide spectrum

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Abrilliant little exhibition at Fagianato's - the first-floor gallery in London's Albemarle Street - features drawings by Jan Kaplicky, from childhood through to Future Systems' latest work. Apart from the technical virtuosity of the drawings and the quality of the architectural ideas, the show is a fascinating illustration of the power of a visual idea to reemerge during the architect's career. For example, there are two or three sketches, dating from 1969 (a year after Kaplicky came here in the wake of the Prague uprising) which bear an uncanny resemblance to the Lord's Media Centre, completed 30 years later.

If one were searching for precedents for the Birmingham Selfridges design, it would have to be the 'blob' entry for the Grand Buildings competition on Trafalgar Square from 1984. Still wonderfully provocative after all these years. Kaplicky will be giving the AJ/Spectrum lecture at the Commonwealth Institute on 16 May, incidentally. For free ticket reservations, call 0870 429 4420, or visit the website at www. spectrumexhibition. co. uk

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