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RIBA Late - Beyond Borders
Talks and lectures

RIBA Late - Beyond Borders

A special RIBA Late will launch this year’s Architecture Open – ‘Beyond Borders’.

Each summer, the RIBA gives practicing architects and students the opportunity to display their ideas and work through the Architecture Open. This year, the RIBA invited RIBA chartered architects, practices, architecture students and non-members to design site-specific installations for its headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London.

Full programme:


Looking Beyond: The Periscopic Pavilion
Max Dewdney Architects
On entering The Periscopic Pavilion, visitors will see their surroundings in in new and unexpected ways through two periscopic viewing chimneys. Smaller table-top periscopes, located in the café, encourage strangers to engage with each other in a playful manner.

The Refugees and Befriending Project
Merrett Houmøller Architects
The Refugees and Befriending Project brings vulnerable young people together who have crossed borders to get to the UK. The mobile dining unit is a welcoming place to share a meal and is able move between different communities.

Interface to Place: The Process of Transforming a ‘Peace Wall’
Designed to be situated at any interface structure in Northern Ireland, MMAS intend to adapt a section of wall into a pair of gates-come-benches that open to create a public space straddling the divide between neighbourhoods. Models, drawings and video footage explain the design of this live project as it progresses.


The Beacon of Light
Dessi Lyutakova & Ciriaco Castro
The Beacon of Light is a physical manifestation of the UK economy - a dominant force on the architecture profession and construction industry. Data is translated into a Red Green Blue signal and expressed through the changing colour intensity of an LED light.


Periscopic Puzzle
Have you ever wondered how it feels to be seven feet tall, have eyes in your back of your head or a super bendy neck? Make your own mini periscope inspired by Max Dewdney’s Periscopic Pavilion with the RIBA Young People’s Forum and see Portland Place in a whole new way. 6.00 to 8.00pm, Bistro, First Floor

Derailed 001: Trans-Historical Railway

Derailed Lab take over the Florence Hall with an immersive game and multi-screen film experience. The Trans-Historical Railway is a geopolitical strategy game developed by Derailed Lab following their expedition across Russia. The game explores the spatial forms of the four different ideologies that have shaped modern Russia as they intersect with the social and ecological histories (real and virtual) of the territory. 6.30 to 9.30pm, Florence Hall, First Floor


Beyond Borders Pecha Kucha
6.30 to 7.30pm, Jarvis Hall, Lower Ground Floor
Quick-fire presentations from participants of the Beyond Borders exhibition which was part of London Festival of Architecture in June, on East Street in Elephant and Castle. Practices include: ALEKSA studio, Intervention Architecture, WUH, MORGENWIRDSBESSER, PUG, Lingge Yang and MAC.3 and Tohill Architects.

Elephant & Castle Regeneration: Who Benefits?
8.00 to 8.45pm, Jarvis Hall, Lower Ground Floor

This panel discussion brings together active members of the Elephant & Castle community who are engaged with one of the fastest developing areas of central London. With development apace and many of the residents of these new builds arriving from outside Southwark, how can we ensure both the existing and new community benefit from change in Elephant & Castle? Hear from Patria Roman, Latin Elephant; Artur Carulla, Allies Morrison and Pedro Gil, Studio Gil.

Interface to Place: The Process of Transforming a ‘Peace Wall’
7.00 to 7.30pm, Bistro, First Floor

Hear from MMAS, about working with the Department of Justice and local communities in Northern Ireland to unite neighbourhoods either side of a ‘Peace Wall’. Designed to be situated at any interface structure in Northern Ireland, MMAS proposes adapting a section of wall into a pair of gates-come-benches that open to create a public space straddling the divide between neighbourhoods, some separated for several generations.


Secrets of 66 Portland Place Building Tour
6.30pm and 7.30pm, meet at Reception, Ground Floor.
Explore the global nature of the RIBA on our guided tour of our Grade II* headquarters and learn about the history and design of our landmark building.

Laura Lees talks 'Urban Tapestry'
7.00pm, meet at Reception, Ground Floor.
In April, designer Laura Lees led an embroidery workshop with a loose creative brief of cityscapes and urban life. Join her as she gives a brief tour of the piece and learn about process in creating this collaborative urban cityscape in fabric.


Microsoft Hololens
6 to 9.30pm, Aston-Webb Room, Second Floor
Microsoft invite you to 'Rethink Space through Digital Design and Experience'. Microsoft know that seeing is believing, step into their Technical Showcase where you will be able to experience Microsoft HoloLens first hand and understand how you could incorporate your models.

Microsoft Surface Hub and Surface Bar
6 to 9.30pm, Wornum Room, Ground Floor
Workplace design firm Steelcase will showcase inspirational ways of changing work space and try the full range of Microsoft devices - from Surface Hub to the new Surface Studio.

NavVis Digital Mapping
6 to 9.30pm, First Floor Landing
Find out how digital mapping technology was used to create a virtual version of RIBA's headquarters with German tech start up NavVis’s 3D indoor mapping and navigation hardware and software. Try NavVis’s cutting edge mobile 3D scanning device, the NavVis M3 Mapping Trolley, as well as the easy to use, browser based 3D visualization software, the NavVis IndoorViewer.


Mies Van Der Rohe and James Stirling: Circling the Square
Open until 9.30pm, The Architecture Gallery, Ground Floor

Brave old world: Modernist public space design in London and Sao Paulo
Open until 10pm, The Practice Space, Second Floor


Carnaval del Pueblo, in advance of the Plaza Latina Festival on 6 August in Elephant and Castle, proudly presents: Rio de Janeiro's Henrique da Silva and his award winning Paraiso School of Samba. The band, in full costumed glory, will animate the RIBA building through music and movement.

Bar and live music from from 6pm to 9.40pm and last orders at the bar 9.30pm.
Florence Hall and Jarvis Foyer

Architecture Open is sponsored by Cosentino