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RIAS conference to explore Scotland's national identity

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One of Europe's biggest architecture and design conferences, with three days of talks from Lord Rogers, Robert Venturi, Enric Miralles and landscape architect Martha Schwartz, is set to look at identity issues in Scotland.

'From the City to the Spoon', supported by Glasgow 1999, covers national, local and future identity. The national identity talk will launch the conference on 27 May and be chaired by broadcaster Kirsty Wark. Clothes designer Paul Smith will share the platform with architects David Page and Gordon Benson.

Ron Arad will explore the meeting point of ideas and places in a talk called 'Catching the Idea'. The conference will also cover the lottery and virtual reality, and Willie Crowe and Fred Robinson of Ove Arup will talk about engineering Foster and Partners' 'Armadillo' design - the secc in Glasgow.

There will also be a 'Showcase for the Millennium' trade exhibition, featuring new technology, products and services for architecture and building.

The conference, held at the secc, ends on 29 May. Details from Catriona Kerr; trade show details from Mary Ramage, rias, 0131 229 7545.

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