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The week ahead



Visionary Cities: Haifa, Israel. Lecture by Judy Loach 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.

Contact Celia Shelley (0207) 250 3857


The Material World: 10,000 tropical and sub-tropical plant species are going on display at the Eden centre which comprises a cluster of biospheres under construction in an abandoned Cornish china clay pit. This programme looks at the issues facing curators assembling this incredibly diverse ecosystem.

4.30pm, Radio 4

20 February

Six Experiments that Changed the World: Marie Curie's Radium: Actor and comedian Ken Campbell marries serious scientific programme making with garden-shed experimentation in this review of the work of French radiological pioneer Curie.

7.00pm, Channel 4.

22 February

The Great Stink of London: Lecture by author and academic Stephen Halliday on Sir Joseph Bazalgette's building of London's sewers. Based on Halliday's Wolfson History Prize nominated book. 6.00pm, Buckinghamshire College, High Wycombe. Contact Debbie Edge (01494) 522141 or at

23 February

Chasing the Waves: Gravitational waves have never yet been measured, though Einstein argued their existence in 1916. A new 'hearing device' being built at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in north America could disclose the echoes of ancient supernova deaths and the merger of black holes.

9.00pm, Radio 4

24 February

Visionary Cities: Moscow and Leningrad; third 20th Century Society lecture, by Catherine Cooke.

Contact Celia Shelley (020) 7250 3857

The Material World: UNESCO has decreed that 2000 is World Mathematical Year. Radio presenter Quentin Cooper talks to maths boffins about developments in nanotechnology, industrial design, aeronautics and civil engineering.

Until 28 February

Visions of Birmingham: As England's second city undergoes a revamp, this exhibition takes a timely looks at a century of town planning and architecture. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham. (0121) 303 2834

2 March to 31 March

E-Area - architectural vision for Prague: A 'prototype' cultural and scientific building 'inspired by the morphology of plants' has been designed for the centre of Prague. Its international, multi disciplinary design has laid on a modelled, animated, sound-sculpted exhibition showing off the proposals.

Details: RIBA Architecture Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London (020) 7307 3700.

2 March

Visionary Cities: Chandigarh, India. Fourth lecture in the 20th Century Society series, by Sunand Pradad.

Contact Celia Shelley (020) 7250 3857

Until 4 June

Bauhaus: The multi-disciplinary German design school is revisited in this exhibition bringing together a collection of seldom seen originals. Watch out for paintings, furniture, industrial design, building models and textiles.

Design Museum, London (0207) 839 9389

Until 24 September

The Story of Time: Exhibition tackling the creation, measurement, depiction, experience and 'the end' of Time.

Queens House, Greenwich (020) 8858 4422

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