Frank Gehry’s buildings received new exterior colour schemes and Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 was re-imagined during the free public workshop last weekend at the RIBA’s headquarters – 66 Portland Place. Families gathered ideas and inspiration by looking at images from the architectural collections of the RIBA and worked together to design their own new cityscape. Following the example of 19th-century publisher John Tallis, whose original guides featuring topographical street views of London are one of the highlights of the RIBA’s Early Imprints Collection, families conjured up new representations of the city.
Participants drew the roads and created buildings to line the streets, responding to their neighbours and the rest of the new, growing city. Sorry, Le Corbusier, no grid was created, and apologies to Ebenezer Howard, radiating forms were absent, but more optimistically for the environment, cycle lanes and railways were added without prompting from adults! Hypothetically made out of anything from the typical bricks and stone, to the more imaginative materials like pizza (hmmm), nuts and bones, the buildings were represented in drawings, origami, collages and 3D models.
We’d like to thank all our participants for sharing their many talents and ideas with the RIBA team, led by Library Education Curator Ros Croker, this Easter holiday.
If you enjoyed looking at the achievements of our youngsters, and would like to take part, check What’s On for more information about the education events taking place over the summer at the RIBA.
All images © Wilson Yau / RIBA, British Architectural Library