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London Biennale draws in 75,000

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The full statistical extent of the success of this year's London Architecture Biennale has been revealed.

Some 75,000 members of the public attended the events throughout the capital while an incredible 400 practices were involved in some way.

More than 200 talks, parties, seminars, film screenings, exhibitions, debates, walks and events were wrapped into the overall biennale.

LAB Director Peter Murray (pictured above, dressed in white) said plans were already afoot for the 2008 event.

'The Biennale was a huge success this year', says Murray, 'and the unprecedented response suggests that the project will continue to grow, with even more events and partners for 2008.

'I'm working on establishing a funding platform for future Biennales and we will be appointing a new director to bring fresh ideas and energy to the table. Architecture has such an impact on all our lives that it should be at the top of the cultural agenda; it is certainly moving that way.

'The Biennale has been buoyed up by an increasing interest among the general public, but we will need significant funding if we are to grow.

'We will be starting talks immediately with public and private sector funders to gauge the support for the future,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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