Fantastical Cities family workshop: Models, drawings and collages

Fantastical Cities family workshop: Models, drawings and collages

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.

Drawings and collages lining the streets of the new city

Drawings and collages lining the streets of the new city

Fantastical Cities family workshop

Fantastical Cities family workshop

Fantastical Cities family workshop: Some of our amazing participants and their work

Fantastical Cities family workshop: Some of our amazing participants and their work

Talent was in plentiful supply!

Talent was in plentiful supply!

Fantastical Cities family workshop: A view of the new, growing city

Fantastical Cities family workshop: A view of the new, growing 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.

Workshop banner

Workshop banner

Images used in the workshop, from the collections of the RIBA (see more via RIBApix)

Images used in the workshop, from the collections of the RIBA (see more on RIBApix)

Workshop leader Ros Croker

Workshop leader Ros Croker

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.

Participants' feedback

Participants’ feedback

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

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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