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Foresight The week ahead

5 February Loving the alien: the real Erich von Daniken. Erich hit the big time in the 1970's, most notably with his book Chariot of the Gods. Sixty million readers marvelled at the thought that humanity's origins were extra-terrestrial. However, it seems Erich's wild imagination also extended to accounting, leading to his imprisonment on fraud and tax charges. Channel 4, 9pm

7 February Fitzcarraldo. If you ever thought you have to be mad to be a civil engineer, then how about the idea of building an opera house in the middle of the South American jungle? Herzog's film may well provide the perfect metaphor for the troubled engineering project. Overlong, spoken mostly in a foreign language and a barmy idea carried out in impossible circumstances. Film Four, 12.25am

7 February Service life planning/whole life costing. Speakers will look at the contribution that whole life costing can make to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall construction process. Edinburgh Tel: (020) 7222 8891 Fax: (020) 7222 1708 E-mail: enquiries@ciria.org.uk

8 February Applying Rethinking Construction to repairs and maintenance. Workshop focusing on the practical application of Rethinking Construction to the housing repairs and maintenance process. Birmingham http://www.ciria.org.uk/cpn_event _080201.htm Tel: (020) 7222 8891 Fax: (020) 7222 1708 E-mail: enquiries@ciria.org.uk

Until 10 February Renewable energy. Exhibition that takes a look at the impact of renewable energy technology on buildings constructed over the next 20 years. Should designers anticipate future advances on behalf of building owners? Technologies featured include windpower, solar, thermal and small hydro. The Building Centre Trust, London Details, (020) 7692 6209 www.buildingcentretrust.org

To 25 February Isambard Kingdom Brunel - recent works. Leading present day designers review Brunel's engineering, giving historical and modern assessments. Saltash bridge gets the once-over from engineer Anthony Hunt, architect Nicholas Grimshaw looks at Paddington station, naval designer Nigel Gee at the SS Great Eastern and Anthony Umney at the Thames tunnel. Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 Details (020) 7940 8790 www.designmuseum.org

17 March Tour of the Tube's landmark designs. An architectural tour looking at memorable stations across the network. David Lawrence, author of 'A Logo for London' takes a look at 1920's Morden station, Newbury Park on the Central Line and Canada Water and Stratford among the more recent works. At £25 per ticket, those who use the Tube during the working week may not feel too inclined to go whatever the merits of the tour. Alternatively, why not find out where it starts out from and just follow them around for the price of a travelcard? Details, Melanie Coombe at Architectural dialogue, tel: (020) 7267 7697, e-mail Melaniec@architecturaldialogue.co.uk

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