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Tony Blair will be one of the key speakers at one of the most important debates in the "London in the 21st Century" series organised by the Architecture Foundation. Blair will be on stage at Westminster Central Hall on 17 April alongside Pasqual Maragall, the dynamic mayor of Barcelona (one of Europe's most attractive and energetic cities - and increasingly so), Sir Norman Foster and Sir Richard Rogers (Britain's pre-eminent architects), Professor Peter Hall (distinguished planner and advisor to Michael Heseltine), Stuart Hampson, chairman of John Lewis Partnership and Simon Jenkins, Millennium Commissioner and Evening Standard columnist. The speakers will prompt the audience to consider some of the critical issues facing the capital. Should we stop London's spread and encourage people to live in the centre as they once did? What chance is there of our political, business and community leaders putting the built environment and the beauty of the capital high on their agenda? What will, or could, London look like in 50 years time? If you would like to take part (tickets are free), call the Architecture Foundation on 0171-332 3770. Non-ticket holders may be admitted on the night...

No jokes please, we're Cuban. If you are an architect and want to try your hand at designing "a palace of bananas" in Havana, still, despite the churlish and cruel US blockade one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and win $25,000 into the bargain, apply now for a competition entry form. The "palace of bananas" is the funny name given to a perfectly serious project, a new museum in the Cuban capital to house 20,000 banana artefacts and memorabilia. Details from Academy of Arts and Sciences, Box 10662, Crescent Station, Beverly Hills, CA 90213, USA...

"Furniture That Made the 20th Century" is the subtitle of the Design Museum's forthcoming "100 Masterpieces" show of the most influential furniture designs since 1850. Drawn from the incomparable Vitra Design Museum collection, Weil am Rhein, Germany, exhibits include works by, among many others, Eileen Gray, Gerrit Rietveld, Marcel Breuer and Philippe Starck. It opens on 24 April, Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 (0171-403 6933)...

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