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Big names speak online in Arts Council web initiative

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The Arts Council of England is set to go live with an innovative new website feature about leading architects and architecture. The council goes online with a new section at www. artsonline. com on 26 February containing audio interviews mixed with building images and biographies from five well-known architects. The site starts with interviews - conducted by AJ deputy editor David Taylor - with Will Alsop, Future Systems' Amanda Levete and Simon Allford of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Alsop talks about the Stirling Prize-winning Peckham Library and other projects, such as Le Grand Bleu, as well as his inspiration for buildings from art; Levete speaks about the practice's ground-breaking NatWest Media Centre at Lord's and the as yet unbuilt, disc-clad Selfridges department store in Birmingham; while Allford details the practice's rise to fame and schemes such as Walsall bus station, designing for the Dome and sustainable development.

Visitors to the site will be able to click on a link to hear the audio interviews and see images of the respective architects' buildings as they hear them speak about them, as well as a transcript of the event if they wish.

The following week, starting on 5 March, the site will feature two more such interviews, with David Marks of David Marks Julia Barfield talking about the BA London Eye and other schemes on the drawing board, such as the high-rise housing project Sky House; and Stephen Hodder of Hodder Associates talking about 'regional architecture', his inspirations, and practice life since winning the RIBA's Stirling Prize.

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