“Constructing Communities” at RIBA’s Art Deco HQ

Earlier this year, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) issued an open call, inviting ideas from its architect and student members that could create or encourage community activity. From 21 June until 4 August three of the open call submissions will transform into ambitious 1:1 installations.

 

The Ephemeral Neighbourhood © Margin

The Ephemeral Neighbourhood © Margin

 

Architecture creates spaces for people to gather, socialise and communicate with each other. Does it have the power to involve people in active rather than passive experiences? The three installations, displayed outside and throughout the RIBA’s Art Deco landmark building at 66 Portland Place for the Institute’s summer showcase have been designed by teams from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Erect Architecture, and MARGIN, a group of former students from Liverpool.


 

Practical information

“Constructing Communities: RIBA’s summer showcase at Art Deco HQ and Peckham Levels”
June 21, 2016 – August 4, 2016
RIBA’s Art Deco HQ,
66 Portland Pl, Marylebone,
London W1B 1AD,
UK

 


These projects that have found new ways for architecture to ‘construct communities’ through creating spaces for newly arrived refugees to interact with existing communities, making the everyday event of disposing rubbish a sociable and playful experience and a soup kitchen that raises public awareness about London’s air quality.

 

A Celebration of Democracy. Image © msmr Architects

A Celebration of Democracy. Image © msmr Architects

 

The installations will be on show outside the front of the building, on the first floor and on the fourth floor terrace. The research and development behind each of the three ideas will be exhibited in RIBA’s Practice Space gallery. The installations will be launched on Tuesday 21 June as part of a Late Tuesday event with a series of talks, debates, forums, and virtual reality presented by the sponsors, Cityscape Digital.

 

The Merry-o-Bench © Chen-Yong Tan and Hon Yen Chong, CAT².

The Merry-o-Bench © Chen-Yong Tan and Hon Yen Chong, CAT².

 

Moving from W1 to Peckham, an exhibition of nineteen responses to the open call will be presented at Peckham Levels, the reinvention of a multi-storey car park in south London from 2 – 30 June. The projects demonstrate the diverse approaches by RIBA members to the brief of how architecture can influence or create communities. The variety of projects on display will include ideas for a Peckham Coal Line project, alternative approaches to engaging with democracy, and an app that joins people up with unused spaces in the city.

 

Pea Soup House Open for Serving & Community Dining © Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Pea Soup House Open for Serving & Community Dining © Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

 

The featured projects, in partnership with London Festival of Architecture and supported by Arts Council England are by: BAT Studio, CAT2, De Rosee Sa, DH Liberty, Erect Architecture, Esther Frimpong + Zena Moore, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, George King Architects, MARGIN, MESH Workshop, Mobile Studio Architects x Piper Haywood, MSMR, Nancy Jackson, NG Architects, Noor + Mills, YOU + PEA, Tate Harmer, The Village, Weston Williamson.

 

BIN toGather © Erect Architecture

BIN toGather © Erect Architecture

 


 

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