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The week ahead

Ends March 31 Transport by design - RIBA exhibition. Last chance to have a look at what those pesky architects are up to. Showcasing innovative design solutions ranging from Greater Buffalo international airport in New York to London's Farringdon station. Of course, in the civil engineering lexicon 'innovative design solutions' usually means hard work. Details, RIBA (020) 7307 3688

April 1 Stress test: collapse. Events captured on film showing the power of invisible stresses which act on man made objects. Find out why the oil and gas industry reevaluated offshore platform design following the Piper Alpha disaster and why the threat of terrorism has altered the construction of buildings. Discovery channel, 1pm

April 2 University challenge. This year's final between St John's College, Oxford and Imperial College, London. Ah yes, cast your mind back to those heady days when you could sleep off a hangover rather than take it to work with you. Beans and cheese on toast was the main meal of the day and only the real swots turned up on programmes like this. BBC2 8pm

April 2 Jambusters. First in a new series looking at the problems of traffic congestion and solutions to it. This week junctions, planning major roads and tolls are studied. I wonder if this scenario might be addressed: What to do in a capital where the number of cars, petrol prices and motoring taxes are the highest in Europe and traffic planners complicate and slow the simplest journey by installing road humps and traffic lights every five yards. Perhaps charge them a tenner every time they drive into town? Freedom fighter Ken Livingstone thinks so. Discovery channel, 4pm

3-5 April Interchange: A three day event, conference and exhibition bringing together all the disciplines involved in integrated transport organised by NCE publisher Emap. Among the many attractions are an opening session headed by Steven Norris and a question time debate chaired by Julia Somerville with panellists including Bernard Jenkin MP and Sir Alastair Morton of the SRA.For more information call (0870) 7511 450 or visit

4-5 April International clean up. Land remediation and pollution clean up exhibition and conference at G-Mex centre in Manchester. This could really be a waste of time. Waste - clean up - geddit? Oh never mind, you try and make contaminated land sound interesting.Details, Pan presentations, tel (01483) 799141

Now until 7 May Handle with care: 25 years of the National Railway Museum. With 25M objects in its care the largest railway museum in the world celebrates its silver jubilee. Also check out all the youths in anoraks who have taken a day off from spotting trains from their platform in Darlington. Details, tel (01904) 621261

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