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Post-war heritage

Centre Point in central London, an office building in Catford, a branch of Woolworth, the Heinz factory in Hayes, Middlesex, and a canteen in Dagenham are among 40 post-war industrial, commercial and railway buildings recommended for listing by English Heritage this week. Stephen Dorrell, Secretary of State for National Heritage, says he welcomes comments on the chosen buildings from professionals, amenity societies and the public. The full list is available from Mr P Alsey, Heritage Division, Department of National Heritage, Room 301, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5DH.

Death in Venice

This year's architecture biennale in Venice, timed to coincide with the city's arts biennale in June, has been cancelled due to "lack of money and organisational problems". Organised by the Viennese architect Hans Hollein, it is understood only two countries agreed to take part - Austria and Romania. A spokewoman said the event would take place next year.

Prado expansion

An international competition has been launched to reorganise and extend the Prado Museum in Madrid. The decaying galleries can exhibit only one- tenth of the collection of nearly 20,000 artworks. The Prado will be extended to incorporate the existing 19th-century gallery in the Cason del Buen Retiro, the cloisters of the church of San Jeronimo and the Army Museum. The Prado's condition has become something of a political hot potato after a report revealed that the roof was leaking badly.

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