Palladio on Tour

After an extremely successful run at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, which drew 50,000 people to the show over the summer, the RIBA’s exhibition Palladio and his legacy: A Transatlantic Journey has now opened at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., where it will show from 2 September to 9 January 2011.

Details at

The NBM and the RIBA hosted a special reception on 16 September for over 250 friends and supporters. Former First Lady, Laura Bush attended the reception for a private tour and the Italian Ambassador hosted a small private dinner afterwards at his residence.
Guests included luminaries from the world of architecture, design and culture, the French, Brazilian and Italian Ambassadors and some of the exhibitions many generous supporters.
This fascinating exhibition, drawn from the RIBA’s pre-eminent Palladio collections, will travel to Pittsburgh and other north American venues next year.

RIBA's Lubetkin Prize

UK Pavilion

Thomas Heatherwick
Copyright: Daniele Mattioli

The British pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World's Fair, designed by Heatherwick
Studio, received the Royal Institute of British Architect's prestigious Lubetkin prize for a
structure designed by one of its members for the international scene. The pavilion is
nicknamed the 'seed cathedral' and is composed of 60 000 long, acrylic stalks with steel
tips. The stalks sway in the breeze, evoking a dandelion for some, or sea urchin for others.
The jury was chaired by RIBA President Ruth Reed.

Lubetkin Prize

See the video of the British pavilion in Shanghai:




Floods in Pakistan

Pakistan has been afflicted by a calamity of unprecedented magnitude. The floods in
the River Indus and its tributaries have ravaged millions of acres of fertile land, uprooted
over 20 million people, seriously affecting their livelihoods and their future.

Immediate Disaster Relief has already begun. The Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP)
has identified a handful of credible organizations that have a track record of
humanitarian services and are already doing remarkable relief work and providing
organized emergency medical services in the field. IAP has decided to fully extend its
financial and material support to these organizations.
For the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation phase will begin when the flood waters recede.
IAP plans to 'adopt' in the next one year, at least 10 villages in the more neglected
and remote areas where architects and students would work with the local communities
and facilitate rebuilding and repairs of homes, schools, dispensaries and infrastructure, on a
self-help basis. This is a long term commitment that IAP intends fulfilling through its own
resources and by raising funds through national and international donors.
UIA member organizations may also wish to ‘adopt’ one or more of the thousands of
small villages across the country, which need to be reconstructed. Sizes, by population,
of the villages vary greatly, the ideal size to ‘adopt’ being one with about 100 families. The
cost will also vary according to the level of intervention. A ball park figure of $USD 250
per home can be assumed at this time or $USD 25,000 for a small village.
The Institute of Architects, Pakistan, has set up the IAP Flood Relief Fund.

Please be as generous as possible and contribute to the 'IAP Flood relief fund' to help the flood victims of Pakistan.

Donations can be directly transferred into the IAP Flood Relief Account
No. 1005-0081-024396-02-7
at Bank Al Habib, Zamzama Branch, DHA, Karachi 75500, Pakistan
Swift Code: BAHLPKKA
Shahab Ghani Khan
Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP)

Call for contributions

The organisers of the UIA Tokyo 2011 congress (25-28 September 2011) invite architects,
engineers, researchers and students from around the world to express their thoughts
and ideas in relation to the congress theme DESIGN 2050 and its three sub-topics:
environment, cultural exchange, life.
The academic programme will bring together theoretical research and real or imaginary
project presentations related to the congress’ focus. This invitation represents a unique
opportunity for designers to conceive and communicate their personal vision of ideal
architecture and cities and predict the urban and architectural trends that will mould our
world in 2050.
The deadline for submitting contribution abstracts is 31 October 2010. All the
necessary information can be downloaded from the congress website at

Social Forum of Architecture – Ankara, Turkey 21-23 October 2010

An open letter from Evin Deniz, on behalf of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey follows, inviting participation in their forthcoming Social Forum for Architecture.

Dear Colleagues,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, Ankara Branch. Our Chamber, which has been functioning for 55 years is a professional organization yet it has historically been involved in social aspects of the built environment and issues of urban politics that are related to architecture, urbanization, cultural heritage and environment.
We are currently organizing a “Social Forum of Architecture”, with the intention to bring together professional associations, social organizations and grassroots initiatives fighting spatial exclusion and social inequality.
We would like to invite you to participate in the Social Forum of Architecture which will take place in Ankara, on October 21–23, 2010. We would be honored if you would participate and share your own experiences with the other participants of the Forum. Could you please inform your members about this event?
Best regards,
Evin Deniz
Organizing Committee


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