The first ever Architecture Week runs from 20-27 November, initiated by the Arts Council and the Royal Institute of British Architects. With over 100 events taking place across the UK, it aims to de-mystify architecture and persuade people that they can and must have a say in the shaping of our environment. The week will also promote the places and organisations that provide access to information about architectural issues.

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The model remains the most effective tool for making architecture understandable, MVRDVTOWN: The work of Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries shows models of completed projects, current work and never-to-be-realised projects by the Dutch practice MVRDV. From 11-16 November.

Venue: The Architectural Association, 34-36 Bedford Square, London WC1.

The Royal Institute of British Architects is exhibiting the 52 award-winning buildings from the RIBA Awards for Architecture 1997. The RIBA has organised a polling booth in the exhibition to cast your vote for the “people’s choice” for the winner of the Stirling Prize. Among those on the shortlist are buildings by Will Alsop and Michael Wilford. Until 23 December.

Venue: The RIBA Architecture Centre, 66 Portland Place, London W1.

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