RIBA Talks and Events – Autumn 2012

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has a large programme of public talks and events this autumn. Highlights include the second event in the ‘Dream Builders’ series with the BBC World Service, with Razia Iqbal interviewing Zaha Hadid with questions coming from the audience. Rem Koolhaas will be giving a lecture as the recipient of this year’s Jencks Award and Peter Eisenman will be discussing. There is also the opportunity to hear the shortlisted architects discuss their buildings in the The Observer/RIBA Stirling Prize 2012 Debate.

The monthly ‘Last Tuesdays’ evenings continue this autumn – offering an opportunity to explore the RIBA until 10pm with drinks, talks, exhibitions and events. Each Last Tuesday is themed - the upcoming ones are: The After Party (September); City Stories (October) and Colour me Vertical (November).

To accompany the King’s Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark exhibition at the RIBA + V&A Gallery there will be a ‘closer look’ talk with Join Hiro Aso, Lead Programme Architect for King’s Cross Station and a study day exploring past and present images of actual and imagined transformations of the iconic King’s Cross Station.

Further information and a PDF of the full RIBA What’s On guide, including exhibitions, is available at www.architecture.com/programmes

The full RIBA summer 2012 talks programme follows (please note that events are listed thematically/by venue rather than chronologically):



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Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture 2012: Chris Wise

Tuesday 18 September, 18.30

‘Ripples, the legacy of the pebble in the pond.’

For the 12th Memorial Lecture, Professor Chris Wise presents stories from the sharp end of engineering and design, a blend of ‘What happened next? Wow! And backed with the regular cry of Must do better!’ An evening for both kids and grown-ups to re-awaken the pleasure to be had in flexing our minds, in being experimental and trying something new.

£15/£5 students. Booking: at www.slctlecture.eventbrite.com

The Observer/RIBA Stirling Prize 2012 Debate

Tuesday 25 September, 18.30

For the first time ever the architects of the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist come together in a public event to discuss their buildings and what it would mean to win UK architecture’s most prestigious prize. The Observer's architecture critic Rowan Moore will chair the discussion with David Chipperfield, Ellen van Loon of OMA, Alan Stanton and Paul Williams, John Tuomey and Rod Sheard of Populous. The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced at a special event in Manchester on Saturday 13 October. Please see page 18 for details.

£12/£10 concessions.

Archaeology Squared

Peter Eisenman

Tuesday 9 October, 18.30

Artist, innovator, high-modernist and deconstructivist, Peter Eisenman emerged from the ‘New York Five’ group of the early 1970s. He is a master of re-invention with a wide range of projects around the world from the Aronoff Center at the University of Cincinnati and the City of Culture of Galicia to his powerful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. In this talk, Eisenman shares his unique philosophy of design via new projects including work on an Archaeological Park in Istanbul and others.

£12/£10 concessions.

Dream Builders talks series with the BBC World Service

Zaha Hadid

Tuesday 16 October, 19.00

The world's greatest architects talk to Razia Iqbal at the RIBA. Zaha Hadid is one of the great driving forces of architecture and design today. In partnership with the BBC, RIBA brings you an opportunity to direct questions to Zaha Hadid as she is interviewed by Razia Iqbal about her design philosophy, the projects that made her and her hopes for the future. A recording of the event will be broadcast by the BBC World Service.

Free, but booking is essential.

Jencks Award 2012

Rem Koolhaas

Tuesday 20 November, 18.30

This year's Jencks Award winner Rem Koolhaas has, more than any other architect of his generation, invested in the creation of two parallel lives – one of theory and one of the practice of architecture. In this lecture, Rem Koolhaas charts the evolution of his ideas and built projects. From urban provocations and interventions to award winning schemes around the world, he is today one of architecture’s most potent forces. The lecture is chaired by Charles Jencks, designer, author and broadcaster.

£12/£10 Advance booking essential.

New! Film Nights with Disegno Magazine at the RIBA

23 October, 13 November, 4 December

Look out for a new series of film and talk nights introduced by leading names from architecture, design and fashion. Each event includes the screening of a film that has inspired their work, and is followed by a Q&A session, drinks reception with debate and discussion.

£8.50/£5.50 concessions.

This house believes that London will become more trouble than it’s worth

Building Futures Debate Tuesday 6 November, 18:30

It is widely accepted that London drives the UK economy and that success in London will lead to success in the rest of the country, but whilst the rest of the UK continues to foot the bill – first through a wholesale decline in industry and now through austerity required to repair the damage following the banking crisis – Mayor Boris Johnson wants to see more public money spent on London rather than regionally. Does London deserve the lion’s share of taxpayers’ money. And is it time to imagine a new role for provincial, core cities in the UK economy?

Free, but booking essential at buildingfutures@riba.org


LAST TUESDAYS AT THE RIBA – the last Tuesday of each month the RIBA is open late with a themed evening of talks, events and exhibitions



Even great parties have to end. Explore what happened after some of the best-known international ‘parties’ came to an end. An opportunity to be architecturally entertained, relax with friends, browse the bookshop, explore the worldclass Library or meet for a drink or bite to eat in the bar or restaurant.

More than Sport: The Wembley Exhibition and What Happened Next

Talk 18.30 - £5. Book at www.c20society.org

Hundreds of thousands descend on this ‘hallowed’ turf every year, yet most will be unaware that this temple to sport lies at the heart of a long forgotten landscape of pavilions, pleasure buildings and ceremonial gardens. Elain Harwood reveals the mixed fortunes of Wembley’s key landmarks and their presence today.

Model Living: Montreal 67 and the Story of the Habitat

Talk, discussion and film 19.15 - Free. Book at talks@riba.org

Expo 67 was one of the most popular world fairs of the 20th Century. Among its outstanding architectural set pieces was Habitat 67 designed by architect Moshe Safdie. Dr Irena Murray leads a discussion charting Habitat’s creation and its fortunes post-Expo. Includes screening of Impressions of Expo 67 film.

Impressions of Expo 67 Shown as part of Model Living, above.

Director: William Brind, 1967

With its cool lounge-jazz soundtrack and vivid technicolour images, it presents a portrait of Montreal at its liveliest and most exciting moment in history. Running time 9 mins.

Brief City

Director: Jacques B. Brunius/Maurice Harvey, 1952

Looping throughout the evening Shot on the South Bank site at the end of the Festival of Britain in 1951 Brief City tells the story of the buildings and unique spaces famously created as a ‘tonic for the nation’. Running time 19 mins.

Free, drop in.



City Stories gets under the skin of six great cities, each with great stories to tell. An opportunity to be architecturally entertained, relax with friends, browse the bookshop, explore the worldclass Library or meet for a drink or bite to eat in the bar or restaurant. Come to the RIBA for City story-time!

City Stories on Film

Film Screenings at 18.00 and 19.30 Free, drop in.

Spaghetti Kong

In 1972 Birmingham welcomed a giant King Kong statue and Spaghetti Junction – a giant motorway junction. This film charts the unveiling of both, their reception and mixed fortunes – one became a cultural icon, the other a forgotten folly. Running time 12 mins. Courtesy of Kino 10 and MACE (The Media Archive for Central England).

Glasgow Belongs to Me

Director: British Transport Films, 1966

What makes the Glaswegian unique? Glasgow Belongs to Me captures the emotional quality of life and make up of identity in this great city from shipyards and tenements, to drink, song and football. Running time 17 mins. Courtesy of BFI.

Sheffield: City on the Move

Director: Jim Coulthard, 1972

At the opening titles to The Full Monty there is a sequence of boulevards and bright new buildings. The city was Sheffield and the film was City on the Move, a place valiantly resisting its future. Running time 28 mins. Film courtesy of Coulthard Productions

Sketch in the City

Workshop from 18.00, Free, no booking required

Take part in creating a massive topographical collage depicting London’s architectural past, present and future as it unfolds along the city’s most iconic line: the River Thames. Be inspired by drawings and photographs from the RIBA’s worldclass collections.

Venice: Architecture and Origins

Talk 18.30, Free, book at talks@riba.org

Its relative isolation from mainland Italy and connections with the Byzantine Empire first and the Islamic world later helped shape the unique characteristics of the city’s architecture. Find out more from Photographs Collection curator, Valeria Carullo

City Maker: Colonel Seifert Speaks

Talk and performance 19.15 - £5, from www.c20society.org  

Seifert was said to have shaped London’s skyline more than any architect since Wren. Sarah Duncan and Catherine Croft (C20 Society Director) use new images and archival texts to explore the life and work of Richard Seifert.

Vanishing City: The Story of East London’s China Town

Talk 19.15

Dr Yat Ming Loo will present the lost history of London’s Limehouse in the early 20th century, sharing the history and stories of lost spaces and communities. Free, book at talks@riba.org

Edinburgh: Observations from a Planned City

Gallery talk 18.30, Free, drop in, but space limited

Join architect Richard Murphy as he gives this special guided tour of his exhibition 21 Years, 21 Awards: The Work of Richard Murphy Architects.



Colour provokes emotional responses in us all, but what of its relationship to our buildings and cities? An opportunity to be architecturally entertained, relax with friends, browse the bookshop, explore the worldclass library or meet for a drink or bite to eat in the bar or restaurant. Come to the RIBA for an evening of colour, light and architecture!

Rainbow Dance

Director: Len Lye, 1936

Film from 18.00 (looping throughout evening), Free, drop in, but space limited

Commissioned by the Post Office to promote its savings bank, this energetic animated film is a riot of colour and music and shows off early techniques in film making. Running time 4min

Colour in Architectural Photography

Talk 18.30, Free, drop in, but space limited

Join exhibition curator Justine Sambrook for a closer look at colour in the RIBA Library Photographs Collection, from hand-tinted 19th Century lantern slides to the work of some of today’s most respected contemporary architectural photographers.

Free, drop in, but space limited

Street Colour: The Forgotten Art of Dorothy Annan

Talk 18.30, £5, advance booking essential from www.c20society.org.uk

Dorothy Annan’s colourful telecommunications murals on Farringdon Street (1963) show the impact of scientific imagery on Swinging London. Lara Schroder from C20 asks what should happen to the murals now.

21st Century Light Space Modulator

Gallery talk 18.30, Free, book at talks@riba.org

An introduction to colours, light effects and sensing technology by Jason Bruges Studio

Chromazones: Colour and the City

Debate 19.15, Free, booking essential at talks@riba.org

Red, White, Blue? Which are you? Colour provokes emotional responses in us all. Warm colours are said to relax us, cool colours create space and those with high blood pressure are advised to steer clear of red! But what is their relationship to buildings and to cities? How has colour been used as an active element of design and an expression of place? With authors Fiona McLachlan and David Batchelor, Adam Kaasa of the LSE and Rob Wilson – Curator of the Chromazone exhibition at the V&A.



RIBA ‘Closer Look’ talks at the V&A

All talks take place 13.00–14.00, are free and drop-in (please note, numbers are limited). Please meet at the Grand Entrance at 12.55

King’s Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark

Talk Wednesday 19 September, 13.00

Join Hiro Aso, Lead Programme Architect for King’s Cross Station, as he takes you through the current display King’s Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark and discusses the work carried out by lead architects and masterplanners John McAslan+Partners and engineer ARUP in transforming London’s King’s Cross Station for Network Rail.

A Lasting Legacy: Renaissance Tombs and Monuments

Talk Tuesday 25 September, 13.00

Renaissance artists and architects designed elaborate tombs for the commemoration of the nobility and the papacy. Using surviving designs to illustrate key architectural innovations of the period, Italian examples will be contrasted with English, and the continuing legacy of these monuments on the work of later architects will be explored. With Matthew Storey, V&A.

Regency Architecture

Tuesday 30 October, 13.00

The early 19th century was a period of major urban expansion in Britain, as the wealth generated by the Industrial revolution allowed the upper and middle classes to build grand houses and institutions. The RIBA’s collections are rich in drawings of his period and this talk will include material by architects including Sir John Soane and Charles Barry. With Charles Hind, RIBA.

Decimus Burton’s London

20 November, 13.00

Focusing on Burton’s work in London, including his designs for the Athenaeum – the members’ club – and for such iconic designs as the Hyde Park Wellington Arch and Palm House at Kew Gardens, Dr Irena Murray will also consider his legacies, to both the RIBA and V&A.

Discovering Waterhouse (1830–1905): from Manchester to London

11 December, 13.00

Through the RIBA’s extensive collection of Alfred Waterhouse drawings, discover how this Liverpool-born Quaker rose to become one of Britain’s most successful architects. With Susan Pugh, RIBA.



King’s Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark

Study day 16 October, 10.30–16.30, Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre

This study day will explore past and present images of actual and imagined transformations of the iconic King’s Cross Station. It will bring together the project director of the newly transformed King’s Cross Master Plan with curators, transport historians, artists and cultural theorists. Speakers include Hiro Aso, Ben Campkin, Barry Curtis, Oliver Green, Joe Kerr and Richard Wentworth.

Booking: Visit www.vam.ac.uk

A W N Pugin – A Passion for Gothic

Study day 10 November, 10.30–17.00

Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre

Pugin was one of the most influential architects and designers of the 19th century. A man of unflagging energy who championed the Gothic Revival and transformed British architecture, he created cathedrals, churches, houses, and the Palace of Westminster and he designed furniture, woodwork, metalwork, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. Speakers include historians and curators Ayla Lepine, Tim Brittain- Catlin and Mark Collins.

Booking: Visit www.vam.ac.uk



Design Bites at Forward Studios

Tour Tuesday 16 October, 18.45– 20.30, Forward, Centro 3, 19 Mandela Street, London, NW1 0DU

Exploring the creative approach taken by Jump Studio for the hospitality and communal spaces at Forward’s Camden offices, this tour will have you re-thinking your work environment. Designer Markus Nonn of Jump Studio and San Yetlee, Creative Director at Forward will explain the design and ethos of these flexible and inviting spaces. Followed by pizza and drinks.

£20. Booking from architecture.com/designbites

Design Bites at the Royal Opera House

Tour Thursday 25 October 18.30–20.30, The Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD

Co-led by Mike Lucy from the operators – Company of Cooks and Mark Bithrey, Creative Director from B3 Designers, this tour will focus on the innovative mobile 13.5 m long Champagne bar that dominates the Paul Hamlyn Hall.

£20. Booking from architecture.com/designbites



Enjoy illustrated talks and Q&A sessions with the architects of some of this year’s RIBA Award winning buildings in the East of England.

All talks take place at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, Wilberforce Rd, Cambridge CB3 OWA except 4 October, which takes place at the The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR. £10/£5 for under 18’s. Tickets (per talk) include a glass of wine or soft drink. Advance booking essential at architecture.com/east. For further details contact delyth.turnerharriss@riba.org 01223 566285

Sponsored by Clay Products Ltd and Wienerberger

The Dune House, Thorpeness

Talk Thursday 27 September, 18.00

Designed for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture by Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects and Mole Architects, it has won both an RIBA Award and RIBA East Client of the Year Award. Meredith Bowles founder and Director of Mole Architects talks about Living Architecture, The Dune House, his ideas and the values that he considers when approaching a project.

£10/£5 for under 18’s

The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Talk Thursday 4 October, 18.00

The Sainsbury Laboratory is one of six exceptional buildings on the RIBA Stirling prize shortlist and has been heaped with praise by the critics. Alan Stanton of Stanton Williams will share his thoughts about this inspirational building, which is generally closed to the public.

£10/£5 for under 18’s

Brentwood School SixthForm and Assembly Hall

Talk Thursday 8 November, 18.00

Three buildings unfold as a sequence of spaces for learning, socialising and gathering. Built on a difficult infill site, the buildings are strongly affected by their historic architectural setting. Simon Tucker of Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture Ltd will describe their approach to the commission.

£10/£5 for under 18’s

Royal Veterinary College Student Village, North Mymms

Talk Thursday 6 December, 18.00

Demonstrating what can be achieved on a tight budget, Russell Brown of HawkinsBrown gives his insights into this project, noted for its use of diverse materials and its rural setting.

£10/£5 for under 18’s



Ask an Architect

Grand Designs Live, NEC Birmingham, 12–14 October

Homebuilding and Renovating Show, HIC Harrogate, 2–4 November

Homebuilding and Renovating Show, Bath & West, Somerset 17–18 November

The RIBA is attending a number of important architecture and design shows this autumn. If you're planning a build project why not come along to one of them and enjoy a free one to one 30-minute consultation with an RIBA chartered architect. Simply visit us at the Ask an Expert stand on the day, bringing along any plans, drawings and ideas that you may have. Consultations are on a firstcome, first-served basis.

RIBA Liverpool City Tours

Saturday, 10.30, Sunday 11.00, Wednesday 14.00. Until 31 October. Tours last approximately 2 hours.

Various meeting points in Liverpool Join the RIBA guides on a walking tour which tells the story of Liverpool past, present and future through its buildings and public spaces. ‘Gateway to the World’ runs on Sundays and Wednesdays and ‘City of Culture, Learning and Faiths’ runs on Saturdays. A Winter tour programme will operate from November. Special group tours can be arranged.

£7.50/£4.50 concessions. Please call 0151 707 0729. Contact anna.johnson@riba.org for more information or visit www.architecture.com/liverpoolcitytours

RIBA Stirling Prize Dinner

Saturday 13 October, 17.30 Manchester Town Hall

For more information and to book tickets, go to www.architecture.com/RIBAStirlingPrize or email events@riba.org or call 020 7307 3778



Notes to editors

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  • All RIBA talks at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership take place 13.00–14.00, are free and drop-in, unless otherwise stated (please note, numbers are limited). Please meet at the Grand Entrance at 12.55.
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