Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Foresight The week ahead

Thursday 28 November Material World Scientists are ever more interested in developing recyclable materials to replace less environmentally friendly ones. Quentin Cooper meets researchers who have developed PURE - a fully recyclable plastic made of 100% polypropylene. Just as well, because EU law states that by 2015 cars must be made of 95% recyclable material and the plastics used in them at present just don't fit the bill.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Friday Rough Science The deadline looms for the five scientists looking for gold in New Zealand. Three days remain to recreate the skills of the first prospectors and then use the gold to make a souvenir. Not your cup of tea? Bet the scenery's nice though.

BBC2, 7.30pm Exhibition A New World Trade Center - Design Proposals 'One of the most important and provocative architectural exhibitions in recent history, ' says the blurb. Well, judge for yourself, because until 8 February next year the Cube in Manchester is showcasing a range of design options to replace the Twin Towers. And believe me, some of them are pretty outlandish, readers. Those crazy architects - where would we be without them?

For those of you who feel a little uneasy in such company why not purchase a false goatee beard and black polo neck sweater from the Cube shop. This will allow you to blend seamlessly into the rarified atmosphere - but don't forget to look earnest as you wander round.

Sorry, shouldn't be so cheeky.

The Cube, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester. Tel (0161) 237 5525 www. cube. org. uk Alas. . .

So, it was not to be. We fought them on the television, we fought them on the internet, but the struggle that was the BBC's Greatest Briton was to be won by the cigar chomping Winnie Churchill. Fair enough, no point being churlish in defeat. However, remember this, readers, while Brunel is famous for building bridges, tunnels, railways and ships, Churchill became famous for blowing up such structures.

Strange eh? It was to aid the war effort, though.

The Brunel Engine House And Tunnel Exhibition, London The man who set IKB on the road to engineering superstardom was also his daddy and no slouch at devising brilliant engineering solutions himself. Step forward the under appreciated Marc Brunel.

Between 1825 and 1843 IKB just looked on as pater undertook the hazardous Thames Tunnel - the first underwater thoroughfare in the modern world. Apart from visiting the museum to celebrate this magnificent achievement there is now a new permanent addition to the sights on offer. Paintings by Marc Brunel are now on display and museum trustee Brin Byrd says they offer a fascinating insight into the times and the man.

Distant figures in the paintings resemble well known characters of the time and another poignantly shows someone standing beneath the tunnel arch - believed to be Marc not long before his death.

Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF Admission £2, 1-5pm Sundays only until April then Saturday and Sunday Tel (020) 7231 3840

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.