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Symposium to debate the future of the Hayward

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The future of the Hayward Gallery on London's South Bank will be discussed at a special Twentieth Century Society event at the Architectural Association on 20 March. The one-day symposium is a response to the possibility that the building might be demolished as part of wider plans for the South Bank arts complex. The society says it agrees that the area needs improvement, 'but not the drastic demolition contemplated'.

The event will include an analysis of the Hayward and its history by Cambridge architectural history professor Andrew Saint, contributions from architects who worked on the buildings, and from other architects who have designed Hayward exhibitions. The society hopes to attract both supporters and critics of the building to the event. Details from Catherine Croft, tel: 0171 836 8591.

Meanwhile, Dutch landscape practice West 8 has decided not to carry out its design for Jubilee Gardens until design of the masterplan of the South Bank is complete. The practice was appointed last year, following an international competition. At a public meeting on Monday to discuss local requirements for the Jubilee Gardens, the whole of the South Bank reworking was, not surprisingly, the subject of heated debate. Strong opposition was voiced by the South Bank Community Group to building on the Hungerford car park, which it wants retained as open space.

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