Early birds amongst you might be pleased to learn that a series of free one hour breakfast lectures are running from the 5th March to the 16th April. They are to coincide with a new exhibition about Underground London. Underground: London's Hidden Infrastructure by The Building Centre will "expose London's inner workings and demonstrate that without a successful underground, what is built on top cannot function". The Guardian have a podcast on the exhibition with Andrew Scoones the Director of The Building Centre.
The first talk (5th March) starting at 8.30am (breakfast & doors open at 8am) is on Crossrail and will be presented by David Anderson, Crossrail's Engineering Director.
Dongtan (yes I had to look it up too) on the 9th April, looks interesting just for the definition of Dongtan itself - "the world's first eco-city, which will be sustainable not just environmentally, but also socially, economically and culturally." Arup the masterplanners & designers of the city in Shanghai, China will be speaking.
There are also lectures on Living Underground, The Archaeology of London, Elephant and Castle Sustainable Community Infrastructure, Trees & Design Action Group and Underground London by Andrew Smith of Subterranea Britannica.
The Lectures and exhibition (which opened on the 28th February) are at New London Architecture, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT. To reserve your place at a lecture or lectures, visit the following page.