Late Tuesday: High Tech Architecture!


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Enjoyed the TV series and want to find out more?  Haven’t visited the exhibition yet? 

On Tuesday 25 March RIBA is open late for a unique evening of talks, discussions, films and music that explore the inspirations and finished buildings of the Brits Who Built the Modern World.

Where did their High Tech architecture style come from?  How have they devloped it in their own unique ways?


  • Creative public event - 'Plug-in city'           
    6 - 8pm
    Be part of a collaborative project inspired by 1960s designers, Archigram. Take a closer look at their work and help create a vast hand-drawn skyline to circle RIBA’s art deco Florence Hall. Materials will be provided. 


  • Exhibition
    The Brits Who Built the Modern World: 
    1950 - 2012 

    The Architecture Gallery – a new gallery for architecture in London, opened in February 2014, designed by Carmody Groarke.
    Discover a global story of British architecture and how a generation ushered in its transformation in the post-war years.

  • Exhibition

       New British Works: today - Tomorrow
       First Floor Gallery
       A look at new British architecture around the world            and, with guest contributors, an exploration of what            makes British creativity such a potent force today.


  • Talk 
    'Engineering Drama - 19th Century High Tech' 
    6.30pm (30 mins)
    Advancements in the technology of iron and steel during the 19th century radically transformed architectural design. Engineers played a crucial role in the development of new forms and structures that came to influence architects both in Europe and the United States. Photographs curator Valeria Carullo explores the engineering feats of the 'iron age' with images from the RIBA Library’s world-class collections.


  • Talk
    'High Tech's Post-war Origins'
    19.15 (30mins)
    In the post-war years a generation of British Architects found inspiration in new places, products and techniques. From American industrial design, space craft and pop culture, architectural writer and historian Colin Davies, charts the diverse post-war journey of High Tech.


  • Talk
    'High Tech Thoroughbreds'
    20.00 (30mins)
    Braced, suspended, cantilevered and stretched in new shapes and at new heights, High Tech’s landmark structures took the world by storm at home and abroad. The Twentieth Century charts the high points of the style that caused controversy wherever it went and its legacy today. 


  • Film
    'Basic his own voice and words'
    From 6pm (loop 32 mins)                                  
    Discover more about engineer and futurist Buckminster Fuller and the ideas, synergy, energy and geometry that influenced a generation of British architects and a 'less is more' approach to architecture. A film by Academy Award Winner Robert Snyder courtesy of Masters & Masterworks


  • Film
    'The Brits Who Built the Modern World - Influences and Breakthroughs'
    From 6pm (loop 15 mins)
    Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Terry Farrell, Nicholas Grimshaw and Michael and Patty Hopkins on the Festival of Britain, America, the Reliance Factory, 125 Park Road and the Hopkins House. Taken from the new BBC series. Courtesy of Oxford Film & Television. 


  • Building Tours
    Discover 66 Portland Place
    6.30 and 7pm (approximately 30 mins)
    Join us for an intimate tour of RIBA HQ. Our tour guide will reveal the history and stunning 1930s design of 66 Portland Place.
  • Live Music
    Florence Hall, 6 - 9pm

Part of a season of exhibitions and events inspired the BBC series The Brits Who Built the Modern World #BritsExhibition 


All events free of charge.
Events on first come basis.



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Lloyd's building by night, Lime Street, City of London ©

Christopher Hope-Fitch / RIBA Library Photographs Collection