In the days when the BBC made serious arts programmes, there was a rivetting little film on the Greek composer and architect Iannis Xenakis, who worked with Le Corbusier on the Phillips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels Expo and on the Monastery of La Tourette (above). In one sequence, Xenakis paced around La Tourette, comparing the rhythm of the ondulatoires, the concrete mullions, with that of his own compositions. Xenakis' music - primal, jagged, percussive, but sometimes surprisingly delicate and plaintive - is the subject of a series of concerts at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall from 7-9 October (www. rfh. org. uk/xenakis).
Glasgow's Block Architecture Festival 2005, organised by The Lighthouse, takes place from 8-15 October. Zaha Hadid, whose proposed Riverside Museum is central to a new-look River Clyde, will lecture on the building on Friday 14 October. Guided tours include a twilight visit to Glasgow's monument-packed Necropolis and a chance to rejoin the living (or merely comatose) on 'a leisurely Sunday afternoon architectural pub crawl'. The Lighthouse presents 17 projects in its exhibition, Landforms: Contemporary Scottish Architecture, and aims to catch them young with Wee Architects, Wee Builders, suitable for four year olds and taking place daily in Mackintosh's Scotland Street School. On 13 October, at this year's urban summit, New Urbanism and the Future of Place Making, speakers include Glasgow's director of development and regeneration Steve Inch and Hank Dittmar of the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment (www. blockarc. co. uk).
Docomomo UK has announced its annual lecture, to be given at the Architectural Association on 9 November by John McAslan under the catch-all title 'Tradition and Innovation'. Docomomo also has a promising autumn series of lectures, Masters of Concrete, which features Anthony Tischhauser on Calatrava, Tim Benton on Le Corbusier, and Richard Weston on Utzon (details: dsharp@sharparchitects.
co. uk). These are all held at London's Building Centre, where New London Architecture's latest show, Civilising Spaces - looking at some 30 projects in Ken Livingstone's Public Spaces programme - continues until 8 October.