Practice Space

The Practice Space at 66 Portland Place showcases recent works by architecture practices around the globe, as well as the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the RIBA President’s Medals. It is a space dedicated to achievement and innovation, with an ambitious programme of displays throughout the year. 

Practice Space, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (Tuesday, 10am to 8pm)

Atelier Archmixing

Change is a Common Sense: An everyday report from a Chinese architectural studio

Atelier Archmixing, Shanghai, China

29 August to 1 October 2022

The work of Atelier Archmixing focuses on the changing built environment and everyday living in Chinese cities and takes this as their main working surface. The studio integrates multiple different practices, to experiment, research and reflect on China's rapid urbanisation and growth, aiming at breakthrough for contemporary architectural engagement and cognition. This is a comprehensive presentation of their practices, illustrating urban studies, spatial experiments and diverse design strategies based on all kinds of programmatic challenges.

Sensitive Urbanity: Atelier Deshaus in Shanghai

Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai, China

17 October to 26 November 2022

Over the past two decades, the built projects of Atelier Deshaus have helped to define an emerging sense of public space within the rapidly growing city of Shanghai, contributing an unmissable strand of contemporary architecture in China’s most international metropolis. Atelier Deshaus’s distinctive approach is thus conceived as a sensitive response to constantly transforming urban conditions, thereby avoiding any presumed style or superficial symbolism or scenic spectacle. Instead, through award-winning schemes such as the Long Museum, the practice’s aim is to address real problems and identify inherent potentials of this ultra-dynamic city.

This RIBA exhibition offers a comprehensive review of the responsive architectural practice of Atelier Deshaus in Shanghai. It provides a unique snapshot of 'urbanity' that will for the first time in Britain present and reflect upon Atelier Deshaus’s built projects in terms of specific types of urbanism and pathways of practice. These types and pathways intend to bring forth the uncertain conditions facing Chinese architectural practice in general, as well as showing how architects – by responding to changing urban realities – may formulate their creative theoretical frameworks and design languages.

The Practice Space is an exhibition hire opportunity for architects and designers to express what they do and what inspires them in a creative and engaging way. Find out more about the Practice Space and how to hire it for your own exhibition.

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