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The week ahead



Visionary Cities: two visions for Milton Keynes: A lecture by Mark Clapson in the Twentieth Century Society series looking at the interpretation and application of utopian views of the city.

£5, or £25 for a season ticket.

Details: Celia Shelley, (020) 7250 3857

17 February

Visionary Cities: Haifa, Israel: Lecture in the Twentieth Century Society series, by Judy Loach.

Details: Celia Shelley, (020) 7250 3857

17 February

The critics love it - Walsall's New Art Gallery that is. Designed by Ove Arup & Partners with architect Caruso St John it has art lovers in raptures. The designers have lovingly revived concrete technologies last seen in a public building on this scale in the 1960s - the gallery boasts one of the longest continuous pours of the last decade. The £21M structure, open to the public this week, houses the rare collections of Kathleen Garman (British Modernist sculptor Jacob Epstein's wife) and Sally Ryan. Particularly strong on late 19th and early 20th century art.

21 February

Radar images of the Earth's surface - fundamental limits and how to cheat. Royal Academy of Engineering/Royal Society of Edinburgh. Lecture by RAE president and former chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence Sir David Davies, setting out developments in radar imaging of the earth's surface.

5pm, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22 George Street, Edinburgh.

Tel: (0131) 240 5000

22 February

Engineer Chris Wise gives an informal talk on Russian artist, inventor and eccentric Panamarenko at the Hayward Gallery on London's South Bank at 6.30pm. Panamerenko has merged the feasible and the fantastic to produce, among other objects, unorthodox flying machines and submarines. An exhibition of the Russian's work runs until 2 April

Tel: (020) 7960 4242.

23 February

Composites in Construction: the way forward: A one-day BRE workshop on new developments in designing with composite materials.

BRE, Garston, Watford

Details (01923) 664582 e-mail:

24 February

Vytautas Petrusonis: Lithuanian architecture in the post-Soviet period: Leading Lithuanian commentator talks about the challenges facing designers working in his country.

6.30pm RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London. Tel: (020) 7307 3770

Until 27 February

South for Sunshine: Posters produced by the Southern Railway, between 1923 and 1947 in Britain's golden age of transport graphics are on display at the National Railway Museum, York, with contemporary archive material and photographs.

National Rail Museum, York.

Tel: (01904) 686281

Until 25 March

Retrace your steps: Artist Anish Kapoor, Dutch urban designer Rem Koolhaas and Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron are among those exhibiting works inspired by Georgian architect Sir John Soane.

Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2

Tel: (020) 7430 0175

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