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Yuko Shiraishi, who collaborated with Allies and Morrison on the BBC Media Centre, has another building project at present with architect Mie Miyamoto at the Museum Insel Hombroich - that wonderful fusion of architecture, art and landscape near Düsseldorf, with its sculptural brick pavilions by Erwin Heerich, its new gallery by Tadao Ando (AJ 27.1.05), and schemes by lvaro Siza and Frei Otto in the offing.

Shiraishi is working on a group of swimming pools surrounded by a running track: a commission reflected in her striking new installation at Annely Juda Fine Art, London W1, until 15 October (pictured). Shiraishi's paintings, with their oblongs, squares and strips of finely judged colour, grace the adjoining room (www. annelyjudafineart. co. uk).

Tom Lubbock, art critic of the Independent, once said that his first thought on finding yet another darkened gallery filled with films or videos was how soon he could decently leave. Some people who feel the same, however, make an exception for the works of Tacita Dean, which are now on show at Tate St Ives - among them, Fernsehturm, shot from the revolving restaurant on top of the television tower in former East Berlin, and another Berlin film, Palast, based on the GDR's asbestos-ridden Palace of the Republic, due for demolition soon. Hard to understand when visiting the Tate why Evans and Shalev's building was so admired at first, its faults and fussiness being all too obvious (www. tate. org. uk).

Last month saw the premiere of Murray Grigor's film, Sir John Soane: An English Architect, An American Legacy, and the Soane Museum now plans to screen an earlier film by Grigor, Nineveh on the Clyde, on the architecture of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson. Despite all the efforts of Gavin Stamp during his years in Glasgow, Thomson is still firmly on the World Monuments Watch casualty list, which Stamp is bound to mention when he introduces the film on Thursday 1 December, 18.30 (www. soane. org. uk).

And finally, following John McAslan's restoration, Bexhill's De la Warr Pavilion reopens to the public this coming weekend with a performance by the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. Things can only pick up after that.

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