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Architecture Week to put design onto the public's map

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Culture Secretary Chris Smith has officially launched a programme of more than 300 events for Architecture Week, which runs from 5 to 14 November.

Events include 'It's a gas', a tour of several petrol stations, and an Eco Village competition where children design an eco hut to be lived in for a weekend. In the regions there will be activity programmes such as tours and lectures in Foster and Partners' National Botanical Gardens of Wales, David Chipperfield's Henley rowing museum and Branson Coates National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield - now insolvent.

Smith referred to Foster and Partners' Greater London Authority building, the new Tate Gallery, imax cinema and the millennium wheel as iconic buildings 'that put architecture firmly on the public map. Architecture Week however is also about putting it on the private map, making design mean something to people up and down the country.'

But Zaha Hadid said the world of ideas flowing from the theoretical realm had to be bridged with the built environment. 'There are not enough of those far-reaching boundary-breaking ideas exploited and we must encourage young architects to explore those areas.'

Architecture Week hotline 020 7973 6436.

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