Paper City: Urban Utopias, London
The city is topic of the month at the Royal Academy this summer, with the launch of the architecturally inspired Paper City exhibition.
Set in the architecture room of the gallery, the show offers an insight into how some of the biggest names in design relate to the urban sprawl and all its trappings.
See some of the work at the Royal Academy Paper City exhibition
The show features a menagerie of drawings, photomontages and collages produced for architectural magazine, Blueprint. Commissioned as part of the publication’s Paper Cities program - running for the past three years - the work addresses a glut of ideas, hopes and fears concerning the city.
An array of the original prints will be on show, including Peter Cook, Gavin Robotham and Lorene Faure’s dystopian renderings of a city-cum-swamp, whilst a smattering of pieces from current RA students including Inez de Coo and Rachael Champion will hang alongside.
Gallery-goers will also be greeted with a blank pad at the end of the show, encouraging them to design their own visions of the city. The drawings will then be entered into a competition, with the winner to be announced at the show’s close on October 27th.
Graphic Design Company, Bibliothéque, has come up with another interactive addition to the show, studding the space with a selection of tear-off pads, featuring prints of all Blueprint’s Paper City entries over the years.