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CRITIC'S CHOICE

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REVIEW

There was news in last week's AJ of UK practices busy now in India but for the moment the dominant image of a British architectural presence there is probably Lutyens' Viceroy's House in New Delhi. In January 1931 The Architectural Review published a special issue on New Delhi, with Robert Byron as author. As well as writing one of the great 20th-century architectural travel books, The Road to Oxiana, Byron was a founder of the Georgian Group, which is holding an exhibition for the centenary of his birth. It's at 6 Fitzroy Sq, London W1, until 30 September (www. georgiangroup. org. uk).

Robert Polidori's recent book Metropolis included some striking photographs of today's India with a sequence on Chandigarh. A selection of his work is at Flowers Central, 21 Cork St, London W1, until 8 October, including the above image of a theatre in Havana (www. flowerseast. com).

One of the best national pavilions at last year's Venice Architecture Biennale was Germany's (AJ 23.09.04), and its exhibition Deutschlandscape, devoted to mixed, mostly small-scale projects on marginal or provincial sites, has just opened at London's V&A Museum. Architects include Sauerbruch Hutton, and there's an excellent catalogue, edited by curator Francesca Ferguson (Hatje Cantz, £18).

The RIBA's first research symposium, Design as Research, is imminent. Speakers at 66 Portland Place on 3 October include Frank Duffy, Foreign Office Architects, new Architectural Association director Brett Steele and Patrick Schumacher (www. architecture. com).

Leeds' Henry Moore Institute consistently puts on good shows and the latest explores a material with architectural as well as sculptural applications. Bronze:

The Power of Life and Death runs until 7 January (www.

henry-moore-fdn. co. uk). Interesting to see in last week's AJ that Foster and Partners has replaced some of the Cor-Ten at the Free University Berlin (FU) with bronze.

The FU is one of the major built achievements of architects involved with Team X, whose activities are the subject of a large retrospective at Rotterdam's NAI from 24 September (www. nai. nl). It will travel, but there is no British venue planned - bizarre, given the Smithsons' Team X role. Something for the RIBA Trust's new head of programmes, Graeme Russell, to address?

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