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Foresight The week ahead

22-25 October Sustainable building: International conference bringing together experts in designing for low energy and water consumption, recycling, emissions reduction and environmentally efficient construction. Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands Details, tel +31 (0)24 323 4471; fax +31 (0)24 360 1159

22 October Scrapheap challenge: Two teams are challenged to build a self propelled vehicle that can cross a ravine. Of special interest in this week's programme is the appearance of NCE reader and Mabey & Johnson export engineering director David Few. He was chosen to bring his expertise to the team challenge earlier this year. Mabey & Johnson designs and manufactures 600 bridges of various types every year, mostly overseas. However, will he and the team be up to the relatively modest challenge of bridging a 5m gap over 'Crocodile Creek', taking the themselves and their materials with them? 6pm Channel 4

23-24 October E-construction industry: Two day seminar looking at the implications of electronic commerce for the construction industry, in particular data exchange, design, procurement, invoicing and payment and project management, drawing experience from Europe and the US. One Whitehall Place, London Details, (020) 7840 2700.

27 October-25 February 2001 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 architect Fred Walker at the SS Great Eastern and Anthony Umney at the Thames Tunnel. See NCE last week. Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 Details, (020) 7940 8790

26 October Horizon: The lost world of Lake Vostok. A vast and mysterious lake lies 4km beneath the Antarctic ice and at the coldest place on earth, yet it is not frozen solid. Baffled scientists look at the life forms contained within the purest body of water on the planet. BBC2 9pm

26-27 October Natural stone surfacing: Conference and exhibition focusing on recent urban planning and design work carried out in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Details, (020) 7973 6643

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