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Architecture Week launches star-studded programme of events

Tomorrow sees the start of Architecture Week, which is staging a host of events up and down the country.

Taking place from 15 June until the 24 June, the festival - which is sponsored by the RIBA and the Arts Council among others - will include the gala screening of Sketches of Frank Gehry, a documentary made by Sydney Pollack following the life and work of the US starchitect.

In the North West, a highlight is artist Richard Wilson's Turning the Place Over intervention (pictured above), which will take place in Liverpool and sees an entire section of a derelict building cut out and turned inside out.

The North East's mima education space ( www.visitmima.co.uk ) has been transformed into a 3D map of buildings and structures by participants.

Pick of the bunch in the Midlands is an interactive installation called Digital Grass, projecting lush meadows on to giant screens around Birmingham. They will 'enliven the vibrant city' when people crowd nearby. At quieter times, the grass will wither and shrink, allowing concrete to dominate again.

The South West will be holding a careers event for children aged eight to 12 to explore working in the built environment, with the help of students and staff from a local architecture practice as well as the School of Architecture at Bath University.

London will play host to endless discussions, debates, talks and lectures, with sustainability and the green agenda at the core.

www.architectureweek.org.uk

by Richard Vaughan

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