26 February to 27 April - Architecture has always been informed by the movement of ideas and looking outwards. Our towns and cities are testimony to centuries of shifts, changes and advances, so what ideas might shape the next big thing? Inspired by the 'Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture', the RIBA hosts a season of international exchanges, debates and special events in a quest to re-imagine architecture and explore big thinking.
Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture
26 February - 27 April 2013
Charting a course that takes in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the US, the Venice Takeaway presents the work of ten architectural teams that travelled the world in search of inspiration, reminding us that the practice of architecture is as much about observation and thinking as it is about design.
#1. The Dutch Way: From Houseboat to Water House
Tuesday 26 February, 6 – 7.30pm
From Buckminster Fuller's Triton City to Kiyonori Kikutake's Marine City, living on water has long exercised designers' imagination, but are water based communities becoming a realistic proposition rather than just a utopian dream?
#2. Architect Explorers: Landscape and Transformation
Thursday 28 Feb, 6 - 7.30pm
What is the British Exploratory Land Archive (BELA)? How can architects learn from the landscape? Inspired by Los Angeles, Smout Allen and Geoff Manaugh outline proposals for exploring and mapping the UK with fresh eyes and new potential.
#3. Itsuko Hasegawa: Ordinary and Heroic
Wednesday 6 March, 6 - 7.30pm
Known for kicking against the grain of architectural fashion, Itsuko Hasegawa reveals the drivers behind her work and explores the notion of design leadership in difficult times.
Open Charter Agency: Image of the architect
26 February & 26 March, 6 - 9pm
The Open Charter Agency is a new platform for the public to explore how architects might act as agents of change and thoughts on the profession. Express your views and let them know what you think at the OCA Bureau.
Spring Last Tuesday
Visionaries and Dreamers
Tuesday 26 March, 6 - 10pm
Discover more about visionary architecture and how imaginative thinking has travelled the world with a special late evening of talks, events, film, workshops and more inspired by the Venice Takeaway exhibition.
Creative family workshop
Saturday 6 April, 11am - 2pm
Bright ideas can come from anywhere at any age. Using international architecture as inspiration from the RIBA's collections - fold, draw, cut, stick and colour to create a new spectacular cityscape. Families are invited to enjoy getting creative together