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The largest ever exhibition of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) opens at the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow on Saturday. Three hundred exhibits spanning the famous architect's career include 70 pieces of furniture, six specially commissioned large-scale models of his key buildings (which you can also see in the streets outside the gallery and elsewhere within a short bus or train ride), the wonderful south of France paintings and a complete reconstruction of the original 1901 interior of the Ladies Luncheon Room from Miss Cranston's exquisite Ingram Street Tea Rooms, Glasgow. This interior has been stored, tealess, in the care of Glasgow City Council for the past 20 years. This is the first time it has been on show since.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: until 30 September, McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (0141-331 1854)

Public Property is a new series from BBC North, produced by Cath Wheatley, which follows six leading British architects through six modest projects in the public realm and watches how they transform the mundane into the magical. The series starts on 28 May with Piers Gough designing a new cafe and public lavatory for a square in Birmingham. Sounds easy enough, but Gough discovers that while the commissioning committee say they want him as architect, they force him to compromise at each and every turn. The following weeks bring Sir Richard Rogers, Richard MacCormac, Phillipe Starck, Nicholas Haslam and Sir Norman Foster to the small screen in Gough's wake.