A LITTLE KNOWN FACT about Canberra-based, Italian-born architect Enrico Taglietti, now aged 92, is that he is so passionate about Laphroaig scotch whiskey that he bought a lifetime lease on a square foot of Islay distillery in Scotland. He has the certificate to prove it.

At a Taglietti symposium, held as part of the recent Design Canberra Festival, the architect made it clear that one of the definitions of the word symposium was ‘a drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet’. He remains as sharp as a tack and in his onstage dialogue with Italian architect

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