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The week ahead

Book: The engineer's contribution to contemporary architecture: Publisher Thomas Telford has just launched the first four titles in a series looking at engineering that makes it possible to push boundaries in modern architecture. The monographs are on high tech designer Anthony Hunt (ISBN 0 7277 2769 9), concrete shell pioneer Heinz Isler (ISBN 0 7277 2878 4), Eladio Dieste, who has invented new forms with traditional materials (ISBN 0 7277 2772 9) and Peter Rice, admired by architect Richard Rogers for his ability to 'transfer technical problems into poetic solutions' (ISBN 0 7277 2770 2).

19 November Scrapheap challenge: Teams have to design a drag racer. 6.00pm, Channel 4

21 November Accident black spot - city: Eye movement tracking is used to identify why drivers fail to see pedestrians at some of the UK's most dangerous intersections and crossings. 8.30pm, Channel 4

21 November Work predictions - no work: New series looking at the changes taking place in the economy, management and office technology that will affect work patterns over the next decade. 10.20pm, BBC1

21 November The business costs of pollution from construction: Full day seminar mapping out trends in regulation that will increase the costs of prosecution for pollution and moves by industry to improve their environmental performance. CIRIA, 6 Storey's Gate, London SW1 Details, www.ciria.org.uk

22 November Monuments and microscopes: London's Monument, built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, was used for demonstrating that barometric pressure varies with height, reveals professor of renaissance studies at Queen Mary & Westfield College, Lisa Jardine. In this lecture Jardine also says that the architect of St Pauls Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren, wanted to house a telescope in its south west tower. 6.00pm, The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 Details, www.royalsoc.ac.uk

22 November Recycling contaminated land - the future role of stabilisation and solidification: Conference looking at developments in the remediation of contaminated land, with emphasis on performance specifications, testing treated materials and future developments. Centre for Contaminated Land Remediation, University of Greenwich Medway Campus, Chatham. Cost, £195. Details, Melanie Boyce, E-mail melanie_boyce@materials.org.uk

23 November Construction horizons - translating foresight into competitive advantage: Conference on the importance of market research, with input from Kvaerner construction chief executive Keith Clarke, WS Atkins technology development director Tim Broyd, Environment Agency head of sustainable development Chris Newton and Buro Happold managing partner Padraic Kelly. DTI Conference Centre, London Details, enquiries@ciria.org.uk

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