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13 January

Testbeds. BBC Radio 4. 9pm. A look at re-engineering the Panama Canal for the 21st century, following its handover to Panama at the end of last year. 87 years after its completion the canal has been widened, increasing capacity for the largest ocean-going vessels. Alun Lewis meets the Panamanians who have taken responsibility for the maintenance, modernisation and operation of a vital trade route.

13 January

Discussion: Living in the City in the 80s. A retrospective on the Thatcher years, chaired by historian and writer Rowan Moore, with architect Piers Gough, artist Richard Deacon and journalist Suzanne Moore. Architecture Foundation, London. 6.30pm. Details: (020) 7839 9389.

From 13 January

Controversial throughout its 23 year history, Paris' Pompidou Centre, designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, has reopened after a 27 month revamp. Exhibition space has been increased for an expanded modern art collection. Details: (00 331) 4478 1233.

18 January

Sir Robert Reid Lecture: The Strategic Rail Authority - why or whither? SSRA chairman Sir Alastair Morton takes the podium in this Institute ofLogistics and Transport event. 6.30pm, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London. Details: Janet Eady, (01536) 740115.

Until 22 January

Architecture for Humanity: an exhibition on transitional housing for Kosovo; and Future City: architects explorethe impact of modern communications and commerce on society and urban form. RIBA Architecture Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London. Details: (020) 7636 4389.

Until 23 January

Dome: photographs by Mark Power following construction of what, for many, will be the most amazing part of 'one amazing day at the Dome' - the tent itself.

Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull. Details: (01482) 613902.

NCE welcomes news of events, exhibitions, books and programmes for inclusion in Foresight. Contact Andrew Mylius, tel: (020) 7505 6656, fax: 020) 7505 6667, e-mail:

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