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Pottering about in the garden and major league art

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I would be lying if I claimed the website for the wonderful annual Chaumontsur-Loire landscape show was very good. Rather too much of it is superlaid-back and still under construction.

The website that is - the show opened in June and runs until 21 October. This is the live garden exhibition, which sends dear, tweedy English landscapers white with indignation, and is therefore an extremely good thing. At least, I think so, because all you get this year is a manky, unenlargeable thumbnail per garden. Still, take a peek for yourself at www. chaumontjardins. com.

Better still, slip over on Eurostar, hire a car in Paris and make for Tours or Blois on the A10. . . hey you can read it for yourself - click on 'Chaumont pratique'.

I gather some PR agency connected to the Institute of International Visual Arts sent in hype about two sites: www.

travellers-tales. org and www. touring london. org. The latter site, after deigning to do a leisurely download, froze my computer. The former eventually produced a grey box with some Japanese names below, and. . . er, that was presumably it. The Hoxton effect, we are beginning to call it.

As planning is a largely nugatory activity, it is understandable that some of its practitioners should turn to art.

Petra Kempf, a German, once worked in New York City's planning department, decided to become an academic, and now does dream-like 'abstract diagrams of urban movement, transportation, and form on overlaid sheets of translucent vellum'. No kidding? They are great and much more useful as art than so-called urban planning.

You will find Kempf 's work, together with that of some young designers, on the Architecture League of New York site at www. archleague. org. Its home page has a link to a matrix of interlinked dates: click on one and up come several interesting events from the league's history.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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