Constructing Communities’ Open Call as part of the London Festival of Architecture

This summer the RIBA presents works from our ‘Constructing Communities’ Open Call as part of the London Festival of Architecture, at Peckham Levels and at 66 Portland Place. At our headquarters, we are presenting three ambitious 1:1 installations.

The RIBA’s Constructing Communities open call set out to find works by large to small practices and students, responding to ideas of how architecture can influence or create communities. The works selected from the open call are exhibited in two sites across London over the summer, in Peckham and at our headquarters at 66 Portland Place.  Members of our Small Practice Group, Rachael Davidson (HÛT Architecture) and Chris Bryant (alma-nac), developed the exhibition design across both sites.

Three of the open call submissions have been developed and built as one-to-one installations throughout the RIBA building, with each team awarded £5,000 to realise their structures on a true scale. We are delighted to show projects that have found new ways for architecture to ‘construct communities’ through information exchange, empathy, and recycling. The three selected teams are made up of a group from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Erect Architecture, and MARGIN, a collective of former students from Liverpool.

The exhibition at the RIBA launched with our Late Tuesday on 21 June with a series of talks, debates, forums, and was virtual reality presented by our sponsors, Cityscape Digital. The exhibition will be open each day from 10am to 5pm, until 4 August.

The exhibition of sixteen longlisted projects takes place at Peckham Levels, a creative hub hosting a series of cultural events over the summer.  For further details of the exhibition at Peckham Levels, please click here.

In partnership with London Festival of Architecture.

American Friends are invited to visit our headquarters and engage with these works.

RIBA is displaying three pavilions for its Constructing Communities exhibition, including Pea Soup House by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio. The concept is a servery to raise awareness of air quality in London by serving a soup relating to each air quality rating. The name references the industrial revolution when London’s air was described “as thick as pea soup” and Londoners were referred to as Pea Soupers. “With air quality increasingly deteriorating in cities, we believe that architecture has a significant role in protecting the health of urban communities and improving quality of life for those at home in Britain,” said project architect Charlotte Knight. Photo credit: Dezeen