Architecture Update: Big guns and Buddhists

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The Independent Culture
THE ARCHITECTURAL drawings and models in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition are, like the rest of the show, a jumble of the good, the bad and the boring. In the first category are models by three of Britain's most famous practices: Sir Norman Foster's competition for the new bridge at Millau, France, which if built will be the highest road bridge in Europe; Sir Richard Rogers' Zoofenster Building in Berlin; and Michael Hopkins' development at Tottenham Court Road station in London.

Also worth seeing is Richard MacCormac's new Ruskin Library for Lancaster University and a range of elegant new buildings including Merchants Bridge, Manchester, by Ian Simpson Associates.

Entries from recent architectural competitions include the Holy Island Buddhist Retreat and the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts, sponsored by the Independent.