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Ian Ritchie's Courtyard Theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at Stratford-on-Avon was warmly received in AJ 07.09.06, but - given that it's due to be dismantled in 2010 - it's just the curtain-raiser for the main attraction:

Bennetts Associates' reworking of the RSC's 1932 theatre by Elizabeth Scott. That building's limitations are all too clear today but, as Pevsner pointed out in his Warwickshire volume, 'it was a radical statement in England at the time'.

Bennetts' new RSC scheme is prominent in 10 Projects - an exhibition at Edinburgh College of Art until 21 October - alongside the inevitable Hampstead Theatre and Wessex Water and the practice's first venture abroad:a hotel in Amsterdam's Oosterdok which slots into an Erick van Egeraat masterplan ( www. eca. ac. uk).

Scott's theatre needs urgent remodelling; with another '30s survivor, the De La Warr Pavilion, the task was to renew the original. The restored De La Warr is one of four Mendelsohn buildings to feature in Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone's Motion Path, first seen in Bexhill-onSea (AJ 01.06.06) and now at the gallery attached to Soane's Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing until 28 October. Presenting each building in videos on three small adjacent screens, this is a game attempt to convey how we actually experience architecture, particularly in the interplay of stasis and movement it creates - a fixed viewpoint and a roving one ( www. ealing. gov. uk/services/leisure).

As a coda to this year's major shows on Modernism, particularly the one at Tate Modern on Albers and MoholyNagy, there's an exhibition of paintings by Alex Calinescu at Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, 15 Brooks Mews, London W1, from 6-28 October ( www. sarahmyerscough. com). Calinescu made these works during her residency at the Albers Foundation in Connecticut earlier this year - her studio there is pictured above. 'No aesthetic connection to the Alberses is necessary, only the intention to work in a concentrated way, ' says the foundation's website on the (invited) residencies.

It's an excellent source on the Alberses' art and thinking ( www. albersfoundation. org).

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