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The week ahead

Tonight

Fire in trains: Independent technical conference looking at fire containment and fighting strategies, research and new modelling technolgies. Venue: Heathrow Airport. Details ITC conferences (01234) 854756

Back to the '60s - James Sutherland history lecture: Leading engineer and partner in consultant Harris & Sutherland, James Sutherland will be reviewing the much maligned engineering, planning and architecture of the 1960s, focusing on the decade's idealism and enthusiasm. 'Most of us thought we were building a new country, if not a new world.' Characterised by experimental aesthetics, structures and building solutions, the period saw levels of research and development, and co-operation between consultants, contractors, suppliers and academia that has been unparalleled since, he will argue. 5.30pm. Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1

9-31March

Transport by design: An exhibition focusing on architectural and engineering design solutions for different transport networks. Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London WC1. Free entry. For further information tel RIBA (020) 7307 3688

12 March

LSE London seminar: Dr David Goode, head of environment for the Greater London Authority talks about environmental strategies for London. Clement House, WC2A 2AE Details, Tad Hauer (020) 7955 6522

Destination Mars: First of three programmes exploring the red planet, drawing on astronomical studies, and unveiling research geared to enabling manned missions. 8.00pm, Channel 4

14 March

Engineering geology of classic formations - the coal measures: One day seminar organised by the Geological Society. University of Sheffield. Details, David Entwisle, dce@bgs.co.uk or John Cripps, J.C.Cripps@sheffield.ac.uk

17 March

Tour of the Tube's landmark designs led by author of A logo for London, David Lawrence. Setting out at the 1920s icon, Morden station, other highlights are Newbury Park station on the Central Line and Jubilee Line Extension masterpieces Canada Water and Stratford. The ticket price, £25, is well in line with the astronomical travel costs in the capital. We suggest you find out when the tour starts and tag along for the price of a travel card. Details, Melanie Coombe, Architectural Dialogue (020) 7267 7697 melaniec@architecturaldialogue.co.uk

19-20 March

Recycling and re-use of sewage sludge: Dundee University Details (01382) 344816 www.dundee.ac.uk

20 March

The future of project partnering conference: The School of Business & Industrial Management presents a one day conference centering on the implications of PPC2000 launched by Sir John Egan. Details, (020) 7420 3500

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