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National Architecture Week: a chance to enjoy design, the Gherkin and Shakespeare

by Mary Peterson
Issue No. 2005

This week of events aims to explore architecture and the built environment via the arts and culture.

There are over 500 events across Britain with exhibitions, talks and tours – for a full list of events see the website.

The National Trust has organised a series of six tours in London that look at historical and contemporary buildings and discuss the people who built them and the social history of the area.

Tours include “Golden Lane and Barbican Estate – considering the Modern Movement and Medieval Fortresses” and “The Gherkin and its Neighbours.”

Marking the 25th anniversary of architect and designer Marcel Breuer’s death, The Lighthouse design and architecture centre in Glasgow is holding a retrospective of his work.

The exhibition includes models of some of his most important work and examples of his furniture and runs until 27 August.

The Lincoln School of Architecture is holding a free architecture meets jazz event on 22 June (to book go to

There will be a presentation by the architect Julia Barfield and live music by internationally acclaimed jazz-funk quintet Badbone & Co.

In Amber Valley, Derbyshire, on 24 June there is a Midsummer Magic event on Ripley Greenway.

You can see artworks, listen to stories, create fairy houses and costumes with local arts group Caravan, while the 1623 Theatre Company perform extracts from Shakespeare’s romantic plays.

National Architecture Week, 16-25 June

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Sat 17 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2005
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