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Dutch biennale will assess future of water cities

The organisers of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam have announced that the centrepiece will be an exhibition of more than 100 models of waterside towns.

The festival - which will run from 26 May to 26 June 2005 - will feature the The Water City exhibition, an extensive survey of the tradition of building alongside water from around the world.

The show will feature models of towns ranging from small Dutch settlements to the massive seafront developments in Los Angeles.

It will also take in the historic development of these water cities, including an analysis of the 17th-century towns of Rotterdam, Venice and Batavia.

As part of the biennale programme there will also be a series of studies and discussions on how architecture and construction deals with the growing threat of floods.

by Ed Dorrell

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