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Younger guns

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Back in London, and it's The Architectural Review making the running again, with the AR+D Awards for architects from around the world aged under 45.

With more than 500 entries, the quality of the winning and commended schemes was terrific, as the current issue of the AR shows.

A nice presentation and party at the RIBA was suitably celebratory, without falling into the category of what the AR calls 'vertiginously vulgar gala dinners that (lesser award) entrants are expected to spend lots of money to attend? The torture of such evenings is deliberately prolonged because awards are divided into as many categories as possible so each can attract a sponsor to add to the event's income'. Surely this cannot be an attack on the so-called 'architect of the year' awards recently launched? It would be unfair to describe their evening as 'sickeningly boring' with 'dubious decisions by a shadowy jury', announced with 'flatulent rhetoric and overchewed jokes to the accompaniment of plastic food and dishwasher wine'.

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