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Gearing up for Architecture Week

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Next month architects will join writers, dancers, film makers and members of the public in a nationwide celebration of contemporary architecture. Hugh Martin looks forward to it

Architecture Week 2001, running from Friday 22 June to Sunday 1 July, will focus on housing, children and new technology. Building previews and tours, lectures, architectural exhibitions and installations will be central to the event run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Arts Council of England.

In its fifth year, Architecture Week aims to involve members of the public in architecture, so that they can learn more about the structures and the environments in which they live and work.

Central to the programme is the announcement of the 50 buildings to be shortlisted for the £20,000 Stirling Prize. The winner will be announced later in the year, broadcast on Channel 4.

This year's Architecture Week includes 'Organic Cities', a series of a hands-on workshops for primary school children aged between seven and 11 years. The children will be encouraged to design and make model cities inspired by plant shapes and materials. The event will take place at the Chelsea Physic Garden and will run from 19-20 June.

'Architect in the House' and 'Architect in the Office' will be running again this year. Members of the public partner with architects across the country to discuss the design potential of their houses or workplaces. In return for an hour-long consultation with an architect, participants wanting advice about their homes will be asked for a minimum donation of £15 (businesses £50) which will go to Shelter. Last year the event raised more than £40,000 for the charity and this year it is expected to raise £60,000. Register your details for these programmes online at www. riba. org/archweek 'Talking Architecture and the Arts' is a series of lectures looking at the relationship architecture has with other arts, including poetry, dance, literature, theatre and visual art. Architect David Adjaye, whose work has included commissions for artists Chris Ofili, Jake Chapman and actor Ewan McGregor, will talk at south London's Dulwich Picture Gallery on 22 June.

Federica Zanco from the Barragan Foundation will give a talk on Luis Barragan at the Design Museum on 26 June.

Architecture Week Walking Cities postcards are to be made available from hotels, bars and coffee shops in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, encouraging people to tour their city's best architecture sites. Other highlights include:

Public access to Richard Weston's recently-completed 'Radiant House' in Milton Keynes. The home features a 5.5 tonne plywood roof supported by structural glass.Weston designed the house for himself but then took up a post at Cardiff University's architecture school and has never lived in it. The house will go on the market at the end of Architecture Week.

Dancer Deborah Bull will be talking with Jeremy Dixon about the relationship between architecture and dance on 27 June at London's Somerset House.

'2001: an Architectural Odyssey' is a RIBA exhibition (Portland Place) highlighting 13 recent projects across the UK, focusing on contemporary design, landmark buildings and urban regeneration.

Daily tours around Brighton's West Pier.

Film showings at the British Museum, including the 1926 classic Metropolis (23 June), The Fountainhead (28 June) and Blade Runner (30 June).

Talk and tour of Gateshead's BALTIC centre for contemporary art, by Dominic Williams of Ellis Williams Architects - responsible for turning the former grain silo into a new international arts venue to open in March.

For more information on Architecture Week visit www. archweek. co. uk

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