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The early 1960s Royal College of Art in London's Kensington Gore (above) is attributed to three people: Hugh Casson, R Y Goodden, and H T Cadbury-Brown - but the design is really Cadbury-Brown's. He's the subject of an exhibition, Elegant Variation, which has just opened at the Royal Academy, where it continues until 21 January.

Cadbury-Brown made his mark with designs for the Festival of Britain, but he was already practising independently before the Second World War, after a spell with Ernö Goldfinger.

The exhibition catalogue includes an illuminating essay on the RCA building (pictured above) by James Dunnett, who stresses its urban contribution, not just as a backdrop to the park - a vigorous silhouette - but as a foil to the Albert Hall and Norman Shaw's big red-brick Albert Hall Mansions.

On the evening of 3 November, Cadbury-Brown will be in conversation at the RA with John Winter (they have Goldfinger and much else in common), in the first of several events with 'senior architect academicians'. Leonard Manasseh (24 November) and Trevor Dannatt (26 January) appear later.

And there's a promising series of RA Forums this autumn, partly focusing on buildings' facades. On 16 October Farshid Moussavi and Sean Griffiths discuss how 'expressive' a facade can be, conveying something other than the facts of its construction, while on 13 November Richard Rogers and sculptor Richard Deacon will respond to a screening of the 1986 film, Wall of Light, in which Chareau's Maison de Verre is the star. Then on 4 December there's 'The Story of the City' - the first of three forums examining the legacy of Jane Jacobs ( www. royalacademy. org. uk/architecture).

It's city development - specifically Liverpool's supposed 'renaissance' - that figures in Anu Pennanen's video, A Day In The Office, at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, until 26 November. There are related talks by people involved with Liverpool's architecture, art or urban future: among them, Beatriz Garcia, director of Impact 08, which is researching the impact of Liverpool becoming European Capital of Culture in 2008, and Toby Siebenthaler, director or urban think tank Downtown Liverpool ( www. fact. co. uk).

For forthcoming events visit www. ajplus. co. uk/diary

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