At Home in Britain: a closer look and a new proposal for British housing

The exhibition at RIBA, made in partnership with BBC FOUR’s new series on British housing, showcases the works of six teams of architects that have taken on the challenge to redesign and transform three traditional housing typologies: the terrace, the high-rise apartment and the cottage house.

 

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers' housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969  © Architectural Press Archive_RIBA Collections

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers’ housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969 © Architectural Press Archive RIBA Collections

 

At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow re-examines how we live and showcases thought-provoking ideas for future housing design. Taking the cottage, terrace and flat as a starting point, six contemporary architecture practices from Britain, the Netherlands and France have been newly commissioned to transform the three familiar typologies to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century. The architects participating in this exhibition are Mecanoo, Edouard François, Jamie Forbert Architects, Mӕ, vPPR and Studio Weave.

Using material from the RIBA Collections as stimulus, the architects will celebrate and critique vernacular housing of the past and explore ideas of affordability, communal living and housing density today. The new work will be displayed alongside photographs, books and drawings from the collections. (more…)

“A Clockwork Jerusalem”, the British Pavilion for this year’s Biennale, at the AA Gallery

Especially designed for the Venice Biennale, the exhibition programmed from May 9 to June 6 in the AA Gallery explores the many faces and the great extent of Britain’s Modernism, combining “traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction”.

 

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte


The Architectural Association Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition on British Modernism and its many faces: from early pop culture to the garden city utopia, the display attempts to explore how international influences came together with Britain’s very own vision of its future.

Especially designed for the British Pavilion in last year’s Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”, the exhibition, comprising models, media installations and photographs will be displayed in the AA Gallery’s main space from May 9 to June 6, 2015.

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