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The Architecture Centre, Bristol, opens next month. Sasha Lubetkin, daughter of the late Berthold Lubetkin (Russian emigre and designer of the famous Highpoint flats, Highgate, and the Penguin Pool, London Zoo) is the centre's first director - which means it will be a lively venue. Located in Bristol's historic dockyards, the centre aims to promote an understanding of architecture with a programme of lectures, exhibitions, seminars, conferences, tours and educational initiatives, particularly with local schools.

Despite William Hague's keenness to see the Brynmawr Rubber Factory (a masterpiece of industrial architecture), the Secretary of State for Wales may have to take seriously a plan to transform a part of the building into a theatre with a resident company. The Boilerhouse Theatre Project has a formidable cast of patrons including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Gwyneth Evans, Neil and Glenys Kinnock, Victor Spinetti and George Melly. Further information on 01495 310020.