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Making It Happen: New Community Architecture
Hastings Pier © James Robertshaw for dRMM Architects

Making It Happen: New Community Architecture

What does community architecture look like? Making It Happen tells the stories behind four very different examples of new or reimagined public areas. This immersive exhibition charts and celebrates the coming together of communities and architects to craft and create spaces that work for all.

What does community architecture look like? Four immersive installations, representing recent projects from around the UK, offer pragmatic yet inspiring examples of architects and local communities working together. This exhibition tells the stories behind the creation of new or reimagined public spaces; making them happen, despite difficult economic circumstances.

In recent years many public buildings in Britain have faced an uncertain future as a result of budget cuts or the withdrawal of funding. In response, communities have come together to keep public buildings open and functioning, campaigning and fundraising in the face of closure or catastrophe. Making It Happen: New Community Architecture features four recent projects that offer ideas for the re-design of existing spaces and methodologies to build new ones:

  • Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects
  • Coniston Institute by Grizedale Arts + Hayatsu Architects
  • Old Manor Park Library by APPARATA
  • The Lookout by Processcraft

The exhibition designed by Hayatsu Architects presents a series of immersive installations that reflect the materiality and spatial qualities of each project, with displays that demonstrate the roles that the four practices took on, working as designers, contractors, makers, cheerleaders and activists.

Events programme

A programme of events for adults, children and young people are scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition. View the full programme of events.

Opening times

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 8pm
Sunday: Closed

Please note that the exhibition will be closed from 19 April until 22 April for the Easter break.