A workshop engaging with the public to redesign London was just one of the many exciting free events happening during Last Tuesday at the RIBA…

Masterplanning isn’t just for planners, it affects us all, so it’s vital that everyone takes an interest. Using the River Thames as the main natural feature, and the boundaries of the boroughs as the man-made divisions, the scene was set for members of the public at the RIBA to reshape London – on paper at least.

Mumbai to London Mishmash workshop, Florence Hall, RIBA, 25 June 2013

Mumbai to London Mishmash workshop, Florence Hall, RIBA, 25 June 2013

Display of participant’s work created during the workshop

Display of ideas for masterplanning London

A participant's masterplan for London

A possible masterplan for London?

A possible masterplan for London?

A 3D masterplan for London

Workshop leader Ros Croker (Education Curator, RIBA), left, assisted by student Kate McMillan, right.

Workshop leader Ros Croker (Education Curator, RIBA), left, assisted by student Kate McMillan, right.

Mumbai was the theme of the seasonal Last Tuesday, the RIBA’s special evening of live music, free talks, tours and exhibitions. That evening’s Mumbai to London Mishmash workshop had participants inspired by examples of masterplans for Mumbai, Chandigarh and London from the RIBA’s collections at the British Architectural Library and to get designing on a big scale.

Detail of Charles Correa’s masterplan for Mumbai © Charles Correa Archive / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Detail of Charles Correa’s masterplan for Mumbai
© Charles Correa Archive / RIBA, British Architectural Library

An imaginary plan of London showing an arrangement of streets etc. that might be desirable if there were no existing buildings, 1907

An imaginary plan of London showing an arrangement of streets, parks and buildings that might be desirable if there were no existing buildings, 1907
© RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Image from RIBApix

The participants’ creative – and sometimes humorous – designs stole some of the limelight from the images in the RIBA’s collections. Designs included new transport links, additional green spaces and facilities such as areas for reading and partying. The sometimes shocking ideas from history seen in some items in the collections to reshape cities like London were matched by the boldness and ingenuity of the work made during the workshop. It’s an indication that the public can and must contribute to the debate about how our cities and towns are being planned.

The next Last Tuesday event takes place in spring 2014, coinciding with the opening of the RIBA’s new gallery at 66 Portland Place. For more architectural events at the RIBA, including workshops for children and young students in August (online booking essential), check What’s On.

Last Tuesday, RIBA

Last Tuesday, 25 June 2013, RIBA, 66 Portland Place

Atrium, 66 Portland Place

Last Tuesday: Exhibition spaces and bar around the atrium, RIBA, 66 Portland Place

Charles Correa exhibition

Charles Correa exhibition, open until 4 September, RIBA, 66 Portland Place

Last Tuesday: Live music

Last Tuesday: Live music, RIBA, 66 Portland Place

Last Tuesday: Hawkins\Brown's 'Social', RIBA, 66 Portland Pace

Last Tuesday: Hawkins\Brown’s ‘Social’, RIBA, 66 Portland Pace

Thanks to the workshop participants and to everyone who came to Last Tuesday for making it such a great evening!

 

Unless stated, 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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