RIBA exhibitions – autumn 2018

This autumn the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be opening three new free exhibitions and offering the last chance to see the acclaimed Disappear Here exhibition, currently on display in the RIBA’s Architecture Gallery in London.

Fresh Perspectives is a new RIBA-curated exhibition showcasing recent work by architecture students and graduates.  In November, the V&A will host A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing, a RIBA and V&A collaboration that will present six highly innovative housing projects from the last 100 years. In the run-up to the winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize being announced in October, the creative processes behind the six buildings in the running for the prize will be on display in the RIBA Stirling Prize Projects exhibition, first at the RIBA in London and then RIBA North in Liverpool.

Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space

Until 24 November 2018
Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place

“Small and smart, this lovely exhibition bristles with unexpected gems” Financial Times

Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space is a commission by Sam Jacob Studio which leads the visitor through deceptive murals, cunning architectural structures and a newly commissioned film to trace the lineage of perspective across centuries and technologies.

From the Renaissance to the present day, perspective has been a constant in architectural writing and illustration. This exhibition explores how perspective spans truth and illusion, linking the disciplines of art, architecture and mathematics.

Perspective drawing has been applied to the art of building for centuries and used as a tool to evoke illusory architectural spaces: a way of seeing which became a way of building. By translating three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional surface, it has become the ultimate quest to depict realistic impressions of a complex world.

Informed by RIBA’s vast collection, Sam Jacob Studio has redesigned the Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland as a conceptual, interactive space, where the visitor becomes a participant within the space of representation, while viewing original drawings and rare books by some of the most talented designers in history.

The exhibition features a specially commissioned film developed in collaboration with Shedworks and additional material on loan from Drawing Matter.

Sponsored by Arper and Colt

The exhibition has a series of accompanying events: https://www.architecture.com/disappearhere

Fresh Perspectives

4–28 September 2018
The Practice Space, RIBA, 66 Portland Place

Perspective is one of the enduring, fascinating and important concerns of architectural thinking, representation and practice. This display is a celebration of the theme, drawing on some of the brightest work from architectural students and recent graduates selected from thirteen architecture schools from across the UK.

Fresh Perspectives shares a common thread with the Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space exhibition. This display of student work demonstrates the continuity of practice and thinking from a future generation of practitioners, within an ever-broader palette of techniques, concerns and materiality. As such, it celebrates not only the theme of perspective, but also the achievements of recent graduates nationwide.

A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing

24 November 2018 – 26 May 2019
Gallery 128a at the V&A, part of the V&A + RIBA Gallery

A collaborative display by the V&A+RIBA Partnership

The challenge of providing housing for all is one that has faced governments and architects for over a century. This display presents six innovative projects from the collections of the RIBA and the V&A, each demonstrating a unique experiment in social housing design from the past 100 years.

The six projects explored are: Spa Green Estate by TECTON, 1938-50; Keeling House by Denys Lasdun & Partners, 1954-59; Alexandra Road Estate by Neave Brown, 1968-78; Byker Redevelopment by Ralph Erskine Arkitektkontor 1969-82; Primary Support Structures and Housing Assembly Kits (PSSHAK) in Camden by Nabeel Hamdi & Nicholas Wilkinson, 1971-79 and Lion Green Road by Mary Duggan Architects, 2017 to present.


RIBA Stirling Prize Projects

RIBA, London: 3 October–3 November
RIBA North, Liverpool: 16 November – 23 February.

Models, films and drawings tell the stories behind the six buildings shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize. On display will be work by Foster + Partners for the new Bloomberg headquarters in London; Waugh Thistleton Architects’ work on Bushey Cemetery; Henley Halebrown on Chadwick Hall for the University of Roehampton; Jamie Fobert Architects’ reconfiguration and extension of the Tate St Ives in Cornwall; MUMA’s Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery in Cambridge and Niall McLaughlin Architects’ floating auditorium – The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre for Worcester College, Oxford.

Sponsored by Almacantar

Other exhibitions and displays on show at RIBA during autumn 2018 include: