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The week ahead


If you know of events, exhibitions, books and programmes that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Andrew Mylius. Tel (020) 7505 6656, e-mail andrewmy@

Until 24 April

The Art of Invention: Leonardo and Renaissance Engineers. Exhibition setting out the most significant technical achievements of the immediate pre-Leonardo era, explaining the evolution of Italy's quintessentialrenaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Interactive models interpret and demonstrate the engineers' designs, including Brunelleschi's giant Florentine dome, a dredger and subterranean aqueduct by Francesco di Giorgio, plus hoists and motors by Leonardo.

Science Museum, London

Details (020) 7938 8000.

13 January

Testbeds: a look at re-engineering the Panama Canal for the 21st century, following its handover to Panama at the end of last year. Alun Lewis meets the Panamanians who have taken responsibility for maintenance, modernisation and operation of a vital trade route.

BBC Radio 4. 9pm.

16 January-3 April

Art at the Crossroads: how artists squared up to the challenges of a brave new era 100 years ago, including new technologies like radio, the automobile and the aeroplane and dawning globalisation.

£8/£6.50 concessions. The Royal Academy of Arts, London

Details (020) 7300 5959.

17 January

Why buildings collapse: failure by design. Good television, providing it is not your structure. The programme looks at the collapses of Kemper Memorial Arena, Kansas City, and Melbourne's Yarra Bridge to find out what happens when structural engineers get their sums wrong.

8.00pm, Channel 4

20 January

Horizon: lost city of the Nasca explores a little-known South American culture that etched geometric patterns and pictures of animals and birds into the desert. These are visible only from the air, raising the question: how did the Nasca do it? Archaeologists are now in the process of uncovering Cahuachi, a Nasca city lost roughly 1,500 years ago. Explanations are just starting to dawn.

9.30pm BBC2.

20 January

The Urban Renewal Foundation: debate. The last of four 'investigations' into sustainable land use, discussing the opportunities and challenges facing London under its new Mayoral system. The spotlight is to be turned on the role of Government, and public-private collaborationin achieving brownfield development.

10.00-4.30, The Guildhall, London.

Details: (0121) 693 8338

21 January to 3 March

Building Design Partnership: an exhibition exploring the materials used in buildings, from the vernacular to hi-tech.

Monograph Gallery, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Details: (0141) 946 6600.

Until 12 February

Mackintosh and Miralles: an exhibition of architecturalsketches by Scotland's best known designer and the architect of Scotland's new Parliament building, now under construction in Edinburgh.

Hunterial Art Gallery, Glasgow.

Details (0141) 946 6600.

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