Museums, galleries, theatres, cities, towns, villages, parks, architects, students and schoolchildren are gearing up for Architecture Week 2007: the annual national celebration of architecture. From 15 – 24 June, Architecture Week will be celebrated across the country, with over 800 diverse cultural events ranging from film screenings to family workshops, all serving to encourage consideration of the built environment. This year's theme is How Green is our Space? focusing on sustainability and the environment, to encourage all of us to take a look at our surroundings and how they can be improved for the future.
Events including film premieres, exhibitions, walks, seminars, concerts, performances and family activities will be taking place across the country this summer. From school children’s ideas for a greener world to having your carbon footprint calculated by a carbon coach, this year’s Architecture Week offers visitors exceptional opportunities to engage with the built environment and their local cultural community. Many of the events will be free. There will also be the chance for people to talk to an architect about design changes they could make to their homes with the RIBA Architect in the House scheme.
Venues and cultural organisations around the country including the V&A, the BFI, FACT, Ikon Gallery, Modern Art Oxford, Tate Modern, The Houses of Parliament, the Royal Academy, Artworks MK, The Design Museum, Portobello Market, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and English Heritage have scheduled innovative and exciting events.
Supporters include Founding Patron Janet Street-Porter, Secretary of State David Miliband, Culture Minister David Lammy, Tom Bloxham, Tom Dixon and Wayne Hemingway. Frank Gehry and Sydney Pollack will be travelling to London and Liverpool to screen the new documentary film, Sketches of Frank Gehry. There will also be radio debates around the country to tie in with the new flagship BBC programme, How We Built Britain with David Dimbleby. Merchandise including an organic cotton t-shirt and bag designed by Paul Smith will be available at events around the country. Organised by a partnership of Arts Council England, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architecture Centre Network, Architecture Week is the annual national celebration of contemporary architecture.
Key events include:
RIBA Architect in the House
15 – 24 June 2007
The Royal Institute of British Architects’ Architect in the House scheme is the perfect opportunity for those considering design changes to their house to meet with a local architect for help and advice. RIBA chartered architects will again give hour-long consultations in return for a minimum donation to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, of £40. From 1 May members of the public can register for the scheme at www.architecture.com or www.architectureweek.org.uk. Architects can register to take part at www.riba.org/archweek . They will be matched with a local architect during and after Architecture Week.
RIBA Award winning buildings
Details from each region
Architecture Week will see RIBA award-winning buildings, and will include private houses, open to the public with special tours organised by the architects and project teams involved.
Richard Wilson: Turning the Place Over
Wednesday 14 June 2007 from 6.45pm – 8.30pm Admission Free
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool
Work has now begun on the realisation of artist Richard Wilson’s most ambitious project to date – ‘Turning the Place Over’ – in the hear of Liverpool City Centre. The building will literally turn inside out, with part of the façade rotating throughout daylight hours. An exhibition of Richard’s work and inspirations behind the project will be on at the RENEW Rooms from 1 June to 6 July 2007
By Amenity Space in association with Resonance FM
15 – 24 June 2007 Admission Free
Portobello Space, London and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire
Two sheds at opposite ends of the country will provide a “haven” in their respective locations of either town or country sounds. In one of London’s busiest markets, visitors will be able to step into an oasis of calm in the sound-insulated shed, with images and sounds direct from Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Similarly, visitors to the park will be able to experience metropolitan life in the shed, with traffic sounds from the Westway, railway noises from the Hammersmith & City Line and images of Portobello flooding the country shed.
Sites provided by the Westway Development Trust/Urbanism and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and funded by Arts Council England.
onedotzero presents Jason Bruges Studio, Wind To Light
in conjunction with Southbank Centre Light Lab
15 – 24 June 2007
The Southbank, London, SE1
This experimental site-specific installation illustrates alternative, sustainable ways of harnessing energy that will explore the power of the wind in the city, visualising it as an ephemeral cloud of light. The installation will be custom-built using mini wind turbines to generate power, which will illuminate hundreds of mounted LEDs, creating firefly-like fields of light, with wind visually interprets electronic patterns across the installation. A onedotzero and RIBA London commission in conjunction with Southbank Centre Light Lab. Jason Bruges will be discussing the installation at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1 on 21 June at 7pm
Sketches of Frank Gehry
Thursday 14 June 2007 6.30pm
The Chelsea Cinema, 206 King’s Road, London SW3
Special Gala Screening 2 weeks ahead of the UK release, of Sketches of Frank Gehry directed by Sydney Pollack. The film's screening will be followed by a unique Q&A with both Frank Gehry and Sydney Pollack.
Frank Gehry and Sydney Pollack in Conversation
Friday 15 June 2007 7pm
RIBA, Jarvis Hall, 66 Portland Place, London W1
Frank Gehry, world renowned architect and artist will be discussing his recent work, followed by a Q&A session with internationally acclaimed film director Sydney Pollack. Chaired by the Guardian’s Jonathan Glancey.
The lecture is presented by the RIBA Trust and D&AD.
In Conversation with Frank Gehry and Sydney Pollack
Monday 18 June 2007
University of Liverpool
Frank Gehry, world renowned architect and artist will be discussing his recent work, followed by a Q&A session with internationally acclaimed film director Sydney Pollack.
Tickets £8, £5 concessions
15 – 24 June 2007 9am – 5pm Admission Free
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich
Organised by RIBA East and Shape East the Architecture & Built Environment Centre for Cambridge and the Eastern Region. The Ecohouse is a unique, interactive and educational modular house aimed at raising awareness, within local communities across the Eastern region, of some of the key measures we can all take to reduce carbon emissions and slow down climate change. The Ecohouse explores issues relating to making your home more sustainable and offers practical tips and advice on saving energy and making improvements to help the environment. The Ecohouse is a three dimensional, interactive modular exhibition, with individual areas for different rooms each containing tips and ideas on how to conserve energy, save money and help the environment.
Life with Water by BACA
15 –24 June 2007
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1
Illustrating the risks of flooding in London, a series of giant translucent transfers will be installed on major buildings in central London to encourage debate and public awareness of the risks of flooding. The project will also display some of the innovative ideas that are being developed in response to the flood risk.
Contemporary art installation opening at the Wallace Collection
Thursday 14 June – Sunday 1 July 2007 Admission Free
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U
In front of the home of The Wallace Collection at Hertford House, abandoned on the lawn, lies a silk slipper. Rising above the main entrance porch, a metal, trapeze-like structure rests. On entering the building, on the first floor landing are three video screens, formed like windows into the places and sounds of the imagination.
Through this video and sculpture installation, artists brook & black evoke unexpected connections between the beautiful Château de Bagatelle in Paris, where Sir Richard Wallace died, and Hertford House, former residence of the Wallace family and home to their extraordinary collection of art. To make this work, the artists use imagery and sound from both locations and acknowledge amongst other works, The Swing by Fragonard, weaving together fact and fiction to encourage the viewer to imagine the Wallace anew.
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2007 10am – 4pm
Artworks-mk, Great Linford, Milton Keynes
Part of the Waterside Festival at Great Linford, Building Buildings is a two-day family activity. The theme based around Architecture Week is to look at key buildings in Milton Keynes and build a unique version of the city in the Courtyard at Great Linford. Using recycled materials the aim is to build a 'model' city, which will spread all around the artworks-mk site during the Festival weekend. Celebrating what residents about MK's architecture and designing new buildings and places.
Hides in the Park
15 - 24 June 2007
Battersea Park, London
Hide -noun [C]
a place where people can watch wild animals or birds without being noticed by them.
The aim of this installation is to draw attention to the breaks in the urban fabric – the green spaces that already exist in London. By building small hides to watch wildlife and people in the park and from which to view activities on the lakes at Battersea Park, the series of architect-designed installations will use sustainable materials and will accentuate the importance of preserving nature and our environment.
RIBA London has invited 6 architects and one student team to design and build temporary hides in Battersea Park for the duration of Architecture Week. RIBA London will work with the architects and RSPB to develop the brief. Each team will then interpret the brief and build their hide in whatever fashion that they like. They must be child-friendly, have equal access and respond to its surroundings.
After Architecture Week the hides will be donated to London schools and community groups.
Bathing Beauties - Re-imagining the Beach Hut for the 21st Century
Fri 15 June - Sun 2 Sept 2007 10am – 5pm Admission Free
The Hub: National Centre for Craft & Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34
An international exhibition of over one hundred models designed by artists and architects, which re-imagine the British beach hut for the first time in three hundred years. Exhibition curated by Bathing Beauties lead artist Michael Trainor and launches especially for Architecture Week, UK 2007.
www.thehubcentre.org Tel: +44 (0) 1529 308710
Day out at the Festival of Xtreme Building
Saturday 16 June 2007, 10am – 4pm Admission Free
Festival of Xtreme Building site, Masshouse, Birmingham
Architecture Week launches in the West Midlands with the Festival of Xtreme Building, with a day of events for all the family. Starting from 10am, there will be a whole range of installations, art commissions and performance events to take in, including the T-House, which is part Japanese tea house, part sculpture and looks like a gigantic piece of origami, the Microcompact Home, a unique mini living space, and much more.
Contact: 0121 244 8080 or visit www.festival-xtremebuilding.org.uk
Architects in Residence: Designing a Greener London
15 June - 24 June 2007 (Closed on Sundays) Admission Free
RIBA, Florence Hall, 66 Portland Place, London W1
London school students in primary and secondary schools and their teachers are working with architects, as part of a curriculum focussed project, to develop their plans for a greener London neighbourhood or locality. The most innovative projects will be exhibited at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1.
This project is organised by RIBA London in partnership with RIBA Trust and Arts Inform.
Growing up Green
19 June 9.30am – 3.30pm
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) offices, Thames Wharf, London W6
This year, RSHP will offer a one-day workshop for pupils in their final year of junior school (Year 6). Architects, model makers and graphic designers from the practice, as well as members of the communications team, will help to guide pupils in the design and development of their vision for an ‘eco’ house, reflecting issues such as energy efficiency and sustainability. The workshop is designed to enable pupils to examine the way we currently live, as well as allowing them to visualise their ‘ideal’ environmentally friendly house of the future.
The event is by invitation to the primary schools involved.
15 – 24 June 2007
Regional radio debates, in response to the BBC’s Building Britain programme, with speakers such as Loyd Grossman and Maxwell Hutchinson, will take place on local BBC radio stations during Architecture Week.
Royal Festival Hall Revival
21 June - 14 October 2007 Admission Free
V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery, V&A
As the Royal Festival Hall reopens after a closure period of two years, this exhibition reveals how this landmark building has been painstakingly refocused to meet the demands of the next 50 years as a world-class concert venue and a vibrant public arena.
Curated by Diane Haigh of Allies and Morrison with Eleanor Gawne (RIBA Trust).
The Promised Land
June 2007 Admission Free
Mediatheque, BFI Southbank
A collection of film and television titles including rare material from the BFI National Archive, exploring domestic architecture and the notion of the 'model community' in Britain, tracing the idealism of the 1930s through post-war reconstruction and the new towns, to the concerns of today's housing.
15 – 24 June 2007
Venue and details to be confirmed
The Games is a 15 minute film that involves staging a surreal Olympic games amid the sites set to become the 2012 Olympic Village. It is an exciting cross disciplinary collaboration of artist Hilary Powell with Optimistic Productions and the Office for Subversive Architecture with support from the Space Hijackers. The film takes us through a condensed and intensive Olympics from a diminutive torchbearer’s arrival in derelict streets to the final award ceremonies in a waste ground stadium. A commentary guides the way – a commentary that highlights both events and spaces and forms part of this playful interaction with a constantly shifting urban landscape.
Richard Woods & Keith Wilson
15 June – 31 July 2007
P3, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster, NW1
Below ground, in the heart of central London is one of the capital’s amazing hidden spaces. P3 is the vast disused Construction Hall for the University of Westminster. It is now being refitted to enable public access to this secret space now opening as a major venue for the creative industries. The inaugural exhibition opening as part of Architecture Week will be a new collaboration by sculptors Richard Woods and Keith Wilson who will transform the urban and industrial premise of the site.
Woods will cover the entire floor of the space with a fitted ‘carpet,’ made by block printing household gloss paint onto 3mm MDF boards. The pattern of the ‘carpet’ will be a stylized floral print in a vivid artificial green. Wilson’s structural elements (redeployed utilitarian agricultural structures; barriers, hurdles, leaning rails, feeding pens, arenas, and bidding stands) will rest on Woods’s patterned mock rural ‘floor’.
15 – 24 June 2007
Shad Thames, London SE1
The Design Museum in collaboration with sculptor Kate Allen will be exploring the boundaries of virtual and physical architecture during Architecture Week. While the Design Museum is installing Zaha Hadid – Architecture and Design in its major exhibition space the museum’s activities will move to ‘Architecture Island’, located in the virtual world of Second Life (www.secondlife.com). Activities on Architecture Island will be web-streamed in the Design Museum café for the duration of Architecture Week, so members of the public can visit Architecture Island while at the museum or online from anywhere else. A specially constructed building on Architecture Island will host an international meeting and workshop site of a multidisciplinary research group. Other events will explore the relevance of Second Life architecture to real life, ‘green’ meeting spaces, discussion, performance and the Design Museum’s forthcoming Zaha Hadid exhibition.
On the outside of the museum’s building there will be an interactive projection that offers a ‘real world’ exploration of architecture, discussion and text. The public will generate the content for the projection by texting sms messages from their mobiles that will be projected on the building.