Copyright: RIBA London
This large-scale open-air exhibition in summer 2009 was an ambitious and exciting project celebrating the River Thames. It explored the special historical, ecological, geographical and social elements of the river and its iconic status in the image of London.
Times and Tides introduced 19 primary school groups to 20 London cultural institutions along the River Thames through a series of workshops with art and architecture professionals.
During a number of workshops the children worked together to create multimedia pieces of work with BBC 21CC, which included short films, podcasts and animations about their experience of the riverside attractions and their place at the waters edge.
Three school groups worked with RIBA architects Alsop, Urban Salon and Amenity Space to design three 'pods' to showcase the work. These installations were stationed at Somerset House, the Southbank Centre and Southwark Cathedral throughout summer until the Thames Festival in September. The three installations were united via a connecting route designed by another school group with SCABAL architects with key Thames-side stops along the way.
In October 2009 the Amenity Space pod was relocated from Southwark Cathedral to Weston Park Primary School, where it now has a permanent home in the playground.
The costruction of the pods was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. For more information on this project contact: Antonia Faust
, Events and Projects Manager.
RIBA London is especially thankful for the time and services of: FACIT
for building the Alsop pod at Somerset House, Price and Myers
for structural engineering, MLM
for Building Control advice and MLM Consulting Engineers, Designers Guild
for paint supply, UPM ProFi Deck
for paving/ballast supply, Lathams for cost price timber and Visual Solutions for print work.