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The week ahead

10 February Superstructures: The Kennedy space centre. Discovery Channel 9pm

11 February Time Team. The team unearths a magnificent Tudor palace in Rycote Oxfordshire and discovers the sad truth about its history. Thanks to Graham Kennedy who emailed NCE to say Time Team should be featured more often in Foresight. Sorry about that: cheers Graham. Channel 4, 9pm

12 February London School of Economics seminars: Economic development for London. Details, Tad Hauer (020) 7955 6522

14 February Superstructures: The Aswan dam in Egypt Discovery channel 9pm

14 February Construction projects: interacting with the local community. This seminar will explore how construction projects can effectively encompass the needs and wishes of the local community and will examine the various ways in which consultation may be undertaken. Edinburgh Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 8891 Fax: +44 (0)20 7222 1708 E-mail:

15 February Leading Edge. From outer space to the inner workings of the atom, Geoff Watts presents the first in a new series which focuses on every aspect of scientific endeavour. This week looks at the biggest object ever placed in orbit - the Mir space station. Soon it will fall to earth, breaking into thousands of pieces and raining burning metal on the way down. Only 10% of the world's population will be completely safe from debris falling over an area the size of Sibera. Radio 4, 9.00pm

16 February Night Waves. Examines the way every building tells a story. Margaret Visser, author of A Building Remembers, looks at a church in Rome and explores its history through politics, theology, art history and technology. Perhaps a little airy-fairy for the practically minded civil engineer but it might be amusing to listen to some philosophical waffle from people who only have to wax lyrical about structures instead of actually constructing them. Radio 3, 9.30pm

19 February Engineering the new Scottish parliament site. Lecture covering the structural engineering aspects of the design and construction of the new building in Edinburgh. Tickets for admission are required but are available free from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Details, Heather Mantell (0131) 240 5000 E-mail:

21 February Structural blast loading: One day course. Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1 Details, (020) 7235 4535.

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