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Architecture Week 2002 to focus on mass housing

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Next year's Architecture Week is likely to focus on mass housing and will be more integrated into public awareness programmes running throughout the year. The event, run by the RIBA and the Arts Council, is also likely to to attract further sponsors, including CABE.

Administrators already consider this year's event a success. More than 300 events ran throughout the country, and at least £102,000 was raised for homeless charity Shelter, compared with a target of £60,000 and a total of £40,000 last year. This figure has been calculated on the basis of participants donating the minimum £15 fee when they signed up for the Architect in the House scheme. 'But most people give more than that', according to an institute spokeswoman.

More than 1,000 firms participated in the initiatives Architect in the House and Architect in the Office, which match practices with potential clients. The RIBA estimates that one third of these consultations will turn into real business.

But Emma King, newly appointed architecture chief at the Arts Council, hopes to integrate the week with other events and establish better ongoing links with the RIBA regions and architecture schools next year.

'One of the problems with a 'week' is that it focuses everyone's attention, but that's not to say you can forget about architecture the rest of the year, ' she said. 'I'd like to see it turn more into a sort of school assembly, an event which rounds up a whole series of measures which have been running.'

The week is also likely to be themed. The RIBA is keen to focus on mass housing, and will be marketing the event under the banner 'the way we live'.

The RIBA has launched a new website to allow the public to track the progress of the 'Architecture for All' project - the transfer of the institute's drawing collection to a Wright & Wright-designed gallery at the V&A.

The site will also show many of the drawings currently not available to the general public. The site can be found at www. architectureforall. com

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