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The week ahead

15 September-8 October Equilibrium: Exhibition of recent projects by architect Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, focusing on large span roofs and bridges. Design Museum, London Details, (020) 7403 6933

17 September Scrapheap challenge: Three bikers from North Yorkshire and a trio of Cornish surfers compete to demolish components from a disused power station. No power tools allowed! 6.00pm, Channel 4

17 September Shock of the old - manic street builders: Victoran engineering delivered canals, roads, rail stations and the Crystal Palace. Presenter Piers Gough takes a closer look at some revolutionary structures. 8.00pm, Channel 4

18 September Derail - lives on the line: A post mortem of famous rail disasters. 8.00pm, Channel 4

19-20 September Structural integrity in the 21st century: Conference assessing structural integrity and extending the life of ageing civils structures. Churchill College, Cambridge. Details, Cheryl Gleave, tel (01925) 252322.

19-21 September AEC Systems: Exhibition focusing on emerging technologies for the architectural, engineering and construction sectors. The burgeoning of internet services is to the fore in this year's show. Olympia, London Details,

20 September Car park culture: Cycle tour of central London car parks focusing on their fluidity as buildings designed for vehicles rather than people, and looking anew at their history, structure and materials. 7.00pm, Bloomsbury Square underground car park. Details, Simon Henley, (020) 7580 2899

20 September Wormholes and time travel: Author, broadcaster and academic Paul Davies describes wormholes in space and other ideas that could make time travel possible. 6.00pm, The Royal Society, London Details, (020) 7451 2576.

20 September Construction foresight - help shape the future: Seminar exploring likely materials of the future, looking at how they should be developed and used, what changes need to be made in construction over the next 20 years and what the impact of information and communications technology is likely to be. Birmingham Details, (020) 7222 8891.

21 September E-business and e-commerce - what consultants need to know: Seminar looking at design, specification and data exchange via the net. Association of Consulting Engineers, London Details, (020) 7222 6557

21 September Managing water distribution systems in a changing business environment: All day seminar looking at competition, regulation, modern testing and detection techniques, methods for modelling water quality, network management and managing change. Jarvis International Hotel, Bolton Details, Sarah Dixon, tel (01706) 626327. E-mail

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