Architecture Week, the Arts Council's showcase event aimed at raising interest in the built environment, returns tomorrow with a ten-day programme of performance, events, exhibitions and symposiums, writes Terry Grimley.
Highlights include an exhibition showing the six entries for the Mailbox's final phase competition, won by MAKE Architects.
The Mailbox will be a major focus for events during the week, also hosting an exhibition exploring the relationship between architecture and skateboarders and Reinventing the Wheel, an interactive installation celebrating the temporary landmark of the Wheel of Birmingham.
From tomorrow until Wednesday Vivid launches its new space in Heathmill Lane, Digbeth, with a programme of work exploring the interior and exterior of this former 1950s garage (daily 12 noon-5pm).
In all 20 events will be taking place in Birmingham. Highlights include Osseus Labyrint (Custard Factory tomorrow,
7.30pm), a crossover event with the Fierce festival in which American dance artists Mark Steiger and Hannah Sim explore the link between performance and architecture (warning: includes nudity).
On Saturday and Sunday, Friction Arts presents The Inside Out Bus Tour of Birmingham, led by innovative tour guides Lazlo Marx and Harry Palmer.
A 73-seat double-decker open top bus tour will begin from Moat Lane, next to St Martin's Church in the Bull Ring, at 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm each day. You can book a place in advance by calling 0121 666 7547.
Those who have a beef about plans for Eastside, or simply want to find out what's happening, should head for the Eastside Grumble Sale, on the newly-created Eastside Green off Curzon Street on Monday from 4pm-7pm.
In Wolverhampton, there is an opportunity to take part in site visits at the new Art Gallery extension and the Molineux Hotel tomorrow and Tuesday, from 2pm-5pm (free, but you need to reserve a place by calling 01902 552055). There are further opportunities to see the Molineux Hotel on Thursday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and Saturday June 25 from 11am to 4pm (for these call 01902 552397).
Next Wednesday Niall Phillips, architect of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery extension, talks about the challenges of working on a listed building (12.30pm-1.30pm, booking not required).
Another notable architect, David Adjaye, visits the New Art Gallery in Walsall on Saturday to discuss art and architecture with exhibiting artist Hew Locke (2pm-4pm: free but book in advance on 01922 654400).
Events continue throughout next week, culminating on Sunday June 26 with the premiere of US sound artist Bill Fontana's two-and-a-half-hour composition for the 16-bell peal of St Martin's (2pm-6pm).
* For full details of events throughout the region, see www.architectureweek.org.uk