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DOME DECREASES: The New Millennium Experience has dropped plans for an auditorium structure in the Millennium Dome. Instead, it will invest in a showpiece event in an 'informal central plaza, opening up vistas across the dome'. The absence of a drum will cut queuing. Meanwhile, consultants are to be appointed to assess the business case for the project.

BLAIR APPEAL: riba president David Rock has urged Tony Blair to co-ordinate capital spending on housing. His call comes after the pm's announcement of a new social exclusion unit to tackle poverty. The institute has also urged the government to be 'resolute' in making private housing more accessible to disabled people.

POD IS IN THE DETAIL: Branson Coates is designing four pods in Horse Guards showcasing British creativity. The structures will be erected in time for the Asia Europe meeting of economic ministers and business leaders next April.

DUTCH MASTERS: Broadway Malyan, Daryl Fowler and Enric Miralles have won a £40 million international competition to regenerate a district in Nijmegen, Holland with a hotel and conference centre.

JAIL BIRDS: hlm Architects is to design an 800-cell prison under a pfi contract. Agecroft Prison will cost £55 million and stand on a former power-station site in Salford.

WAR STOREY: Crispin Wride Architectural Design Studio has won the rfac competition to design the Falkland Islands National Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College in Berkshire.

aj writers won accolades at the latest ibp Journalism Awards. Reviews and information editor Andrew Mead won the rehabilitation/environmental journalist category, and buildings editor Isabel Allen was selected as young journalist of the year. The aj was second in the editorial team of the year award. Catherine Slessor of the ar won the architectural category.

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