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"The Pulse of the City", a series of new lectures organised by the RIBA Architecture Centre and the Independent continues this spring with Paul Smith, the well-established, well-liked, all-British fashion entrepreneur, discussing London's place as the shopping capital of Europe on 6 June; and on 20 June, Charles Saumarez-Smith, director of the expanding National Portrait Gallery takes a critical look at how the capital's museums and galleries are developing, particularly in response to Lottery funding.

Tickets for both 6.30pm events are available from the RIBA Architecture Centre, 66 Portland Place, London W1 (credit card bookings 0171-631 0460 1pm-5pm, Monday to Friday), or in person from RIBA Bookshop (as above).

Jonathan Glancey, Architecture and Design editor of the Independent, will give the Paul Reilly Memorial Lecture at the Royal Society of Arts, 6pm, 22 May. "Design and the urban landscape" will look at the ways in which the regulation or deregulation of the urban economy affects the physical design of contemporary cities - door handle or public square - for better or worse, richer or poorer. The evening is chaired by David Carter CBE RDI. Tickets available from RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ. Tel: 0171-930 9286