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Architecture Week broadens horizons in 2003

Architecture Week 2003, which runs from 20-29 June, promises another diverse programme of events celebrating the built environment. This year's theme is 'The Way We Live', focusing on how architecture provides a backdrop to life.

Organisers the Arts Council and the RIBA said they were expecting another good turn-out for the event, which is now in its seventh year. Some 25,000 people got involved in 2002, with £100,000 raised for housing charity Shelter.

The Arts Council's Claire Pollock said the week was designed to take contemporary design to new audiences and to communicate 'the magic of architecture'.

Here's a selection of some of the 300 events taking place around the country, including practice open days, film screenings, days out and architectural walking tours. The week coincides with the announcement of the RIBA's National Awards.

For a full list of events visit www. architectureweek. org. uk

Open practice

Practices across the country are opening their offices to the public on Tuesday 24 June.More than 30 have signed up, including Richard Rogers Partnership (pictured), Zaha Hadid Architects and Alsop Architects. Architects in London's Clerkenwell are joining forces for an open practice evening trail and there will be free guided tours by critic Tom Dyckhoff and writer Vicky Richardson.

V&A Late Night View - Sense and the City Too Friday 27 June 6.30-10pm FREE

The V&A will be hosting a late night view again this year.'Sense and the City Too' will feature an ambient sound piece by Greyworld and an installation in the Raphael Room by Urban Samples.St Etienne will be dj-ing in the Pirelli Courtyard, performance artist Eve Dent will act as a 'person sculpture' installing herself as part of the architecture of the museum (pictured), and Daniel Libeskind will deliver a lecture on the Architecture for All project.No booking is necessary.

Premiere of chroma (2003) At Tate Modern - Tuesday 17 June at 5pm and 6.30pm, Wednesday 18 June at 10.30am,11.30am and 12.30pm. A Rebecca Saunders composition will fill the turbine hall with a collage of sound. Listeners will contribute to the 20-minute performance through their own movement.

Talks

The Arts Council's talk series will explore Sense Architecture.

Design at the Soane Museum - Monday 9 June 6pm. Will Alsop and Sir Paul Smith on design of inspirational spaces. To book email wpalin@soane. org. uk

Music and Environment at Tate Modern - Tuesday 17 June at 6.30 pm.Composer Rebecca Saunders and Richard MacCormac on music, art and architecture. To book call 020 7887 8888.

Soft and Hard Architecture at the Royal Festival Hall -Tuesday 24 June,7.30pm.Sarah Featherstone and garden designer Dan Pearson explore gardens and architecture.

To book call 020 7960 4242.

Sense in the City at Tate Britain - Wednesday 25 June,6.30pm

Professor Richard Sennett, artist Rut Blees Luxemburg (work pictured) and author Toby Litt discuss the relationship between cities and architecture.To book call 020 7887 8888.

Acting in Space at Hampstead Theatre - Wednesday 25 June, from 5pm.Rab Bennetts, artistic director Jenny Topper and actor Lindsey Duncan on architecture's effect on performance. To book call 020 7722 9301.

Days out

Trips this year include:

My Kind of Town - celebrity bus tours with Channel 4.Tom Dixon, Michael Grade, Naomi Cleaver and Richard Wentworth will host alternative sightseeing tours of London.To book call Justin Leahy on 020 7253 8998.

Rooftop tour of Leeds - an alternative perspective of the city from the roof of three of the city's main buildings.

Children's Architecture Week

Activities for children, families and school groups will take place throughout the week.Highlights include:

Building Detective - at galleries throughout the Midlands, where children will be asked to identify snapshots of local buildings for the chance to win a prize. Call 0121 233 2321.

Organic Houses with Shape Cambridge - 3D modelmaking and drawing workshops offer the opportunity to design a house inspired by plants and learn how houses breathe, use energy and grow.

Designs on Britain - at the RIBA in London.An exhibition of alternative designs of some of the country's most high-profile building projects by students aged 14-19.

Different Spaces by Many Faces - schools in Leeds will be working with architects to produce interpretations of high-profile local spaces and places, including Leeds train station and Millennium Square.

Architect in the House continues this year.The initiative - which partners members of the public with architects to discuss the design potential of their homes in return for a donation to housing charity Shelter - raised £100,000 last year. Architect in the Store, which was piloted last year in Habitat on London's Kings Road, is being run in 10 stores nationwide.

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