RIBA’s ‘Constructing Communities’ project is composed of three ambitious 1:1 installations. Presented across sites in Peckham and at the RIBA’s headquarters on Portland Place, the projects – selected via an open call – include submissions by large and small practices, as well as student work, all tackling the central theme of how architecture can influence and create communities.
Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD, 21 June – 4 August
Photography: Francis Ware
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London-based collective and 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble work across the fields of architecture, art and design and will provide this year’s LFA keynote. The group’s aim is to ‘champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative’ and to involve the public as the key participant in their ongoing projects. The talk will be led by the studio’s Paloma Strelitz and James Binning, who will initiate a dialogue centered around London and its relationship with Assemble’s work.
Marking the 350th anniversary of 1666’s Great Fire of London, this installation is part of the Somerset House festival ’Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility’. The installation will explore how buildings were once erected and how the future of construction can draw inspiration from its past. The innovative viewing platform and exhibition – constructed using traditional techniques – is situated in Somerset House’s courtyard and has been initiated by London Timber Frame: a company specialising in the restoration and preservation of historic timber-framed buildings.
Somerset House, Courtyard, WC2R 1LA, 24 June – 26 June
’Architecture, You Ask The Questions’ at the Royal Academy
In the LFA headline debate, ’Architecture, You Ask The Questions’, speakers from the architecture world and beyond will answer questions posed by the audience. Chaired by the BBC’s Razia Iqbal, the discussion includes a panel of architects, observers and commentators, such as Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy; David Twohig, chief development officer and head of design and placemaking for the Battersea Power Station Development Company; architect Asif Khan; Amanda Levete, architect and founder of AL_A; and Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands. The panelists will cover issues of infrastructure, heritage, the pressures shaping London’s skyline and the city’s development in future years.
Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, W1J 0BA, 27 June, 6.30pm – 8pm
’Show RCA: Graduate Exhibition’
This year’s ’Show RCA: Graduate Exhibition’, organised by the Royal College of Art and the School of Architecture, will present a thought-provoking vision of our globalised and international context. The student projects span locations such as Manila, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Bolivia, Japan and the United States. The works set out to present different architectural solutions, while challenging existing paradigms and proposing new possibilities for everyday life. They experiment with human interaction, communication and technologies, intergenerational living, energy use and agricultural production.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 2EU, 26 June – 3 July
Mikhail Riches’ ‘Stories’
London-based architecture firm Mikhail Riches presents ‘Stories’, an exhibition which will provide the narrative behind its most recently commissioned housing projects. The selection will include an in-depth look onto a series of row houses, situated within the redevelopment of BBC Television Centre in White City and the second phase of refurbishment of Park Hill in Sheffield. Investigating the ways the practice generates its ideas, the show will offer insight into the design process. Included is a recreation of wall graphics created for one of the flats at Park Hill, part of the firm’s winning bid for the project.
10–11 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DP, 28–30 June
’Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Competition’
Calling all budding architects, the ’Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Competition’ is back for a second year and is open to 8–14 year-olds worldwide. After a successful pilot year, which garnered over 650 entries from the UK alone, the competition sets out to teach youngsters about the architectural process behind the famous Serpentine pavilion. Sign up online to download the brief and creative pack, or even attend one of the gallery’s upcoming workshops. The winners will be chosen at a later date by none other than the designer of this year’s pavilion, the Bjarke Ingels Group