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12 Apr 2012

RIBA London Exhibition

Contemporary Norwegian Architecture: Landscape and Intervention by Reiulf Ramstad and Jensen & Skodvin

12 Apr – 15 Jun 2012 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD; Gallery Two and Florence Hall

DogA Exhibition centre
image : Jensen & Skodvin Architects

Reiulf Ramstad Architects and Jensen & Skodvin Architects are two of the most high-profile and innovative architects practices based in Norway.

This exhibition explores their work, highlighting rural contemporary Norwegian architecture through the National Tourist Routes in Norway scheme.

A selection of Tourist Routes projects – completed across the country – are displayed by each practice, in addition to a range of other buildings that have been undertaken, including housing and public works.

Norwegian Architecture
Cabin Inside Out
photo : Kim Müller

Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Trollveggen Restaurant
photo from Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Jensen & Skodvin
Juvet Landscape Hotel
image : Jensen & Skodvin Architects

Free admission
Contact: Admission to all RIBA exhibitions is free. Galleries at 66 Portland Place are open Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm.
Please note, galleries may be closed early for special events. Call +44 (0)20 7307 3888 to check opening times.

10 Apr 2012

RIBA Events in London – 2012

RIBA Talks and Events – Summer 2012

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is presenting a packed programme of events this summer. One of the highlights of the season will be a talk by Renzo Piano revealing the design story behind ‘The Shard’ to coincide with his visit to London for the ‘topping out’ of London’s great new landmark. The RIBA’s new nationwide architecture festival, Love Architecture, will take place from 15 – 24 June and feature a huge variety of events from bicycle tours, to architectural sandcastle competitions, from architecture film screenings to a special chance to try out the latest LEGO architecture models.

At the end of April the RIBA launches ‘Last Tuesdays’ – a monthly evening of special architecture and design events taking place at the RIBA’s beautiful Art Deco headquarters at 66 Portland Place W1 after-hours. Each Last Tuesday is themed: the upcoming ones are Women in Architecture (April); Jubilee (May) and Play (June). Coronation City is a one-night-only pop-up exhibition for the Jubilee-themed Last Tuesday (29 May) featuring stunning drawings by architects such as Hugh Casson and Powell and Moya who designed street decorations for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

The summer season is not short of debates; Are our cities prepared for an ageing population? Which monarch has been the best patron of architecture? Is London a playful city? For those enthusiasts with an eye for detail, the popular ‘Focus on…’ and ‘Closer look’ talks by RIBA curators draw on specific areas of the British Architectural Library collections; The Modernist Apartment Block in London, 19th Century Photographs and the Design and Architecture of Railway Stations are just three to choose from this summer.

The RIBA will also play host to a selection of film screenings and lectures for example on the recently refurbished Mies Van der Rohe house in the Czech Republic. Plus, now in its sixteenth year, the annual Architect in the House scheme that offers people a free hour-long consultation with an RIBA chartered architect in their local area in return for a donation to Shelter runs until 11 July.

Further information and a pdf of the full RIBA What’s On guide, including exhibitions, is available at www.architecture.com/programmes. The full RIBA summer 2012 talks programme follows (please note that events are listed thematically/by venue rather than chronologically):


Renzo Piano – the Shard Story
Tuesday 12 Jun, 18.30 tickets £12/£10 concession
LKE Ozolins Lecture 2012
The Shard, London – new photos
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
The Shard Tower
photo © Nick Weall
Internationally acclaimed architect of The Shard, Renzo Piano marks its topping out with a lecture revealing the story behind it.

RIBA Bookshop Discussion – Architecture for Rapid Change and Scarce Resources
24 April, 18.30 – 19.15, Free, drop-in RIBA Bookshop, 66 Portland Place, London Sumita Sinha in conversation with Nabeel Hamdi about architecture and regeneration projects in areas suffering from poverty, war and natural disasters. The role that women such as Wangari Maathai and Linda Garland have played in such projects will also be discussed.

There will be a round of Q&A afterwards. Sumita Sinha is an architect, lecturer and writer specializing in sustainable and participatory design. Nabeel Hamdi is Professor Emeritus of Housing and Urban Development at Oxford Brookes University.

Building Futures debate with DEMOS
This House believes that our cities are not prepared for an ageing population
19.00, Wren Room at the RIBA, Free but booking essential – email: buildingfutures@riba.org to reserve your place
Proposing the motion: Alan Hatton-Yeo, Chief Executive of the Beth Johnson Foundation and Dr Ros Altmann, Director General, Saga
Opposing the motion: Indy Johar and Victoria Thornton – Founding Director, Open-City www.buildingfutures.org.uk

Do Architects Help? The Profession in International Development
Tuesday 19 Jun, 18.30, Free. Booking essential. Email: jessica-toale(at)article-25.org This event from Article 25, the architectural aid relief charity, will examine the role that the UK built environment industry plays in overseas development. Sunand Prasad, Past RIBA President, will chair a panel of distinguished speakers.

Mechanical Structure by Pezo von Ellrichshausen
18:30 – 20:00 – Free, but booking is essential: acrook@embachile.co.uk or call 020 7222 2361 ext 282
Pezo von Ellrichshausen is a Chilean architectural studio that has proven itself around the world for its consistently outstanding and contemporary works, primarily in creating striking one-off housing schemes in rugged and often harsh environments. In this rare UK talk, Pezo von Ellrichhausen showcases some of its outstanding global projects and offers insights into the driving principles behind their practice and what they build. Produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Chile. Part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase.

Masterplanning Futures
Tuesday 10 Jul, 18.00, tickets £8.50/£5.50
International masterplanning is embracing more adaptable and inclusive principles as it responds to the ever-growing demands of urban growth and the quest for sustainable solutions. Marking the launch of Masterplanning Futures (Routledge), by author, critic and curator Lucy Bullivant, the event will also bring together Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Alberto Francini and Andrea Boschetti (Metrogramma), Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects) and Florian Beigel and Philip Christou (ARU, London).

15 – 24 Jun
A nationwide festival of events

Events are constantly being added, so check out the latest update in your area at www.lovearchitecture.org

We Love LEGO…
Talks and in-store events 20-22 Jun, Talks: Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol Store events: nationwide
Senior Design Manager Simon Kent offers a unique insight into the world of LEGO, taking you through the design processes using the LEGO Creator house design direct modular building, and world building design models. He talks about how design details are added to houses, and introduces the growing LEGO Architecture series. LEGO lectures are supplemented by nationwide LEGO Store events to celebrate architecture and new LEGO Architecture models.

Love Architecture Big Bike Rides 2012
Cycle tour 23 Jun, 10.30 Starts in Bath, ends in Bristol
Join a fun and informative cycle ride along the Bath to Bristol Railway Path, stopping periodically to be entertained by those involved in projects that have positively affected the built and natural environment along the route. Starts in Bath, ends in Bristol

Cycle tour 24 June, 10.30–12.30 Cambridge
Led by architect guides, the tour Contemporary Architecture in Cambridge will include work by internationally renowned architects as well as by architects practicing in Cambridge.

Picturehouse Present: Architectural Features
21-24 June, Selected Picturehouse cinemas nationwide
Picturehouse and the RIBA present a series of film events celebrating the special relationship between architecture and cinema at some of England’s finest independent cinemas. A short pre-film talk from architectural figures is followed by the screening of classic and new architecture-themed films including The Fountainhead, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? And Metropolis. Most events end with a brief tour or history of the cinema given by the building’s architect or a local expert.

Love Sandcastles Challenge 2012
Family activity 15-24 June, beaches at Falmouth, Mablethorpe, Porthcawl, West Kirby, West Wittering, Weston-super-Mare
Arm yourself with a bucket and spade (and some lemonade) for this ever–popular day on the beach creating sandcastles with an architectural theme. Whether a budding young designer or someone with a little more experience, seize the chance to demonstrate your building skills and enter your work for prizes in a variety of categories.

London Velodrome : Design in pursuit of efficiency
Thursday 28 Jun, 18.00, £6/£4 concessions. Arnolfini, Bristol. Booking through Arnolfini 0117 917 2300
Lecture by Senior Director of Hopkins Architects, Mike Taylor. A partnership event between Architecture Centre, Bristol, RIBA Bristol and Bath, Bristol Society of Architects.

Architectural Photohunt
Photography scavenger hunt. Saturday 23 June, 13.00, Leeds City Museum
Cameras ready? Friends and family ready? Now enter the challenge to photograph 50 different items of architectural interest, linked to a list of words provided, in Leeds City Centre. You have two hours. Good luck photohunters.

‘If Buildings Could Talk…’
Puppet show and tour 16-17 Jun, 15.00 and 17.00, St Ives Harbour, Cornwall
Enjoy a quirky puppet show for all the family led by Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects. The fast-paced show reveals the secrets and mysteries of some of the town’s most famous buildings, concluding with an architectural challenge to enjoy over ice-creams. It is followed by a tour of the award-winning studio of Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole.


Female Power in Architecture
Tuesday 24 Apr 2012, 18.30
2012 has been a year of debate on the role of women in architecture. Join RIBA President Angela Brady, Brady Mallalieu; Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects; Deborah Saunt, DSDHA; Anna Gagliano, Aedas; Liza Fior, muf architecture/art; Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design, Olympic Park Legacy Company; and chair Christine Murray, Editor of the AJ to celebrate and discuss female power in architecture. This event is dedicated to Norma Merrick Sklarek

Power of Design 1948-2012
Tuesday 1 May 2012, 18.30
Exhibition curators Christopher Breward and Ghislaine Wood will introduce the exhibition and subject. Leading names in architecture, design and journalism will each propose their favourite post-war design, icon or building, and describe the impact that it has made. The evening will end with an audience vote. Join Daniel Moylan, John McAslan, (John McAslan + Partners), among others, who explore the impact of design in London. In partnership with the V&A exhibition British Design 1948–2012

The Olympics: Power Dressing
Tuesday 15 May 2012, 18:30
This talk will explore the power the Olympics has wielded, as well as look at the architecture itself. Join Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor of the AJ, Kevin Owens, design principal for LOCOG, Alison Nimmo, Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), amongst others, for an exciting discussion.


The Great Royal Patron Debate
Tuesday 29 May, 18.30
From castles and barracks to palaces and boulevards, the British monarch across history has been a great patron of architecture, but who did it best? Who among our Kings and Queens embraced the power of buildings and whose reign witnessed the greatest flowering of British architectural talent. Panel discussion chaired by Radio Four’s John Wilson with Dan Cruikshank, Jonathan Glancey, Jonathan Foyle, Angela Brady and Charles Hind.

The George VI Style and the New Elizabethans
Tuesday 29 May
19:00 – 19:45, For ticket and booking details go to: www.c20society.org.uk
Can we name a style after a 20th Century monarch, in the way we do for those in the more distant past? Alan Powers, Hon FRIBA Professor of Architecture and Cultural History, University of Greenwich, Chairman, Twentieth Century Society, claimed to have identified the George VI style – but what was it? In this talk Powers describes its typical features, spanning a wide range of everyday design from police stations to postage stamps, and shows how it changed after 1952 to become the first phase of the New Elizabethan style.

Coronation City
Tuesday 29 May, Gallery 1
12:00 – 22:00 for exhibition, Gallery 1 – 20 minute curator talks in the gallery at 19.00 and 20.00 – free, drop-in
In 1953 the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II brought together many of Britain’s leading designers such as Hugh Casson, Powell & Moya and others to design street decorations for London. This pop-up exhibition – on view on 29 May only -showcases the way in which these designers celebrated the monarch’s accession to the throne and created a unique backdrop for the eyes and television cameras of the world. Through stunning photographs and drawings from the RIBA’s collections, it reveals how London was transformed and its streets brought to life in order to celebrate the advent of a new Elizabethan age and a bright new future. With curator talk by Catriona Cornelius, RIBA Library Drawings Collection.

‘PLAY’ THEMED TALKS & EVENTS (theme of the London Festival of Architecture)

‘This House Believes that London needs to learn how to play’
Building Futures debate
Tuesday 26 June, 18.30-20.00 RIBA, 66 Portland Place, Free but advance booking essential at buildingfutures@riba.org
Building Futures, the RIBA think tank, brings together a panel of experts for a debate that will interrogate the theme of the London Festival of Architecture. Do we have the public spaces we really need to promote play in our city? Or have we standardised and regulated our play –reducing it to a one dimensional experience? Is London the least playful city or does it have more to offer than other places? Or maybe it’s not the city that has forgotten how to play, maybe it’s us…

Urban Play in the C20th (1945-1990)
Tuesday 26 Jun, 19.00, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, for tickets and booking details go to www.c20society.org.uk
A discussion on the role of the adventure playground – the radical idea that changed the way that playgrounds were designed. Dr Keith Cranwell, Head of Department of Education and Community Studies at the University of Greenwich leads a discussion looking at the development of play in the post – war urban environment (1945-1990). Organised by the Twentieth Century Society.


Mies van der Rohe and the Villa Tugendhat: A Seminar for Students
Tuesday 3 Jul, 15.00, Free but booking required. For more information or to book your place, please email Library.Education@riba.org
Join exhibition curators for this guided tour of Mies van der Rohe’s work featured in the exhibition The Villa Tugendhat in Context. This seminar is aimed at undergraduate students of architecture, architectural history and related disciplines. Participants are encouraged to attend, ‘Beyond the Glass Room: The Many Lives of the VillaTugendhat’ on 3 July at 18.30.

Beyond The Glass Room: The Many Lives of the Villa Tugendhat
The Docomomo Lecture 2012
Tuesday 3 Jul, 18.30
The Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1928–1930, is one of the finest examples of Modernism in Europe. The building is now once again set to become a major cultural destination after 72 years of enduring the vagaries of climate, politics and changing functions. This talk celebrates the life of the Villa and, with the architects, historians and curators who took part in the recently completed restoration, explores the process behind bringing this icon back to life.

Discover more about emerging architecture research supported by the RIBA Research Trust Awards.
Free and drop-in (numbers limited) Joanna.scott@riba.org

Redefining Approaches to Urbanization
Tuesday 17 Apr, 18.00
Ross Exo Adams, PhD candidate atthe London Consortium will present on Circulation and Sovereignty: a Brief History on the Politics of Movement. His research considers urbanization through concepts and the history of circulation. Nicholas Jewell, a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture considers the influence of China and the rise of the urban shopping mall, presenting his research Bringing it Back Home: the Urbanization of the British Shopping Mall as the West goes East

Whatever Happened to Frank Lloyd Wright?
Tuesday 15 May, 18.00 Gwyn Lloyd Wright, a PhD candidate at the University of Westminster will present his research retracing Wright’s journeys to Britain between 1939 and 1957 and will consider his influence in Britain in furthering the cause of a British Usonian vision.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Histories of Architectural Discourse
Tuesday 12 Jun, 18.00
Léa-Catherine Szacka will present an analysis of the 1976 Europa/America show and the accompanying debate about the Modern Movement. Steve Parnell’s research considers Post-Modern architecture through the lens of Architectural Design. This talk will consider influence of the architectural press in terms of architectural education, practice, and the writing of its history. Anne Hultzsch will present her research Date your District, 1942 exploring the duality of looking at both the new and the old through series of articles published by Nikolaus Pevsner in the Architectural Review in 1942.

Innovative Approaches to Dwelling
Tuesday 20 Jul, 18.00
Elizabeth Darling will consider the early career of Wells Coates, examining the Bohemian London which nurtured his ambitions as a modern designer. Emily Greeves will present her research on Neylan & Ungless, credited for their innovative approach to housing design.

View original material from the RIBA Collections. Event led by an RIBA curator. Free and drop-in (numbers are limited).

The Modernist Apartment Block in London
Tuesday 24 Apr, 18.30
View original photographic material from the RIBA Library Photographs Collection at close hand and explore with a curator a selection of Modernist housing projects realized in London between the wars. This talk will also highlight the important contribution given in this field by émigré architects. With Valeria Carullo, RIBA.

19th Century Highlights from the RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Tuesday 26 Jun, 18.30
Discover some of the gems of the RIBA Library’s extensive collection of 19th century photographs. Hear from one of the curators about the role and the development of architectural photography in the second half of the century. With Valeria Carullo, RIBA


Film – A Girl Is A Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright
(2009 – running time: 18 mins)
Tuesday 24 Apr, RIBA, Showings at 19.20 and 20.30, Free – drop in
At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed them, offering training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. The film focuses on the stories of six of these women – Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Lois Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

Contemporary Norwegian Architecture
Oslo: The City and its Context

Tuesday 1 May, 18.30-19.30, Free and drop-in, 66 Portland Place
A series of five, short contemporary films explore ‘Oslo: The City and its context’ with particular reference to the Snøhetta-designed Opera House, which opened in 2008, and to the former Norwegian folk opera building.

Knut Åsdam: Urban Transformations
Tuesday 29 May, 18.30-20.00, Free and drop-in, 66 Portland Place
Through four films, acclaimed Oslo-based filmmaker, artist and broadcaster Knut Åsdam explores identity, space and place in the way that we live in the city.

My Playground
Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schroder, 2010
Tuesday 26 Jun, 18.30 RIBA, 66 Portland Place
My Playground celebrates Parkour or freerunning and how the sport has added a fresh dimension to the way we use urban space. 50mins. £5


RIBA ‘Closer Look’ talks at the V&A
All talks take place 13.00-14.00, are free and drop-in (please note, numbers are limited). Please meet at the Grand Entrance at 12.55

Station to Station: The Design and Architecture of Railway Stations
Tuesday 19 Jun
Take a journey through the 19th and 20th century architecture of railways stations and railway-related designs, featured in both the RIBA and V&A collections. This talk coincides with the current V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership display Kings Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark. With Fiona Orsini, RIBA.

A Georgian Gem: Michael Searles, Architect and Surveyor
Tuesday 10 Jul
Using drawings and photographs from the RIBA collections, Catriona Cornelius, Curatorial Assistant, will provide an insight in to the life and career of one of the more gifted yet little remembered architects of Georgian London and the Southeast

V&A Lunchtime lecture
King’s Cross: Regenerating a London Landmark
Tuesday 3 Jul, 13.00-13.45
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, V&A
Join Hiro Aso, Lead Programme Architect for King’s Cross Station, as he discusses the work carried out by architects and masterplanners John McAslan + Partners and engineer ARUP in transforming the station. This accompanies the RIBA exhibition of the same name in the RIBA + V&A Gallery at the V&A.

Courses and workshops at the V&A
Iconic Buildings: From the Renaissance to Postmodernism
Course Tuesdays, 17 Apr – 12 Jun, 18.30-20.30, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington
Private or public, monumental or intimate, buildings crystallise the creative spirit and genius of their age. Discover what inspired architects and learn about the wide networks of artists and designers employed to realise ambitious design schemes and satisfy demanding patrons. Drawing on the rich collections and expertise of curators at the RIBA and V&A, this course provides an evocative visual history of architecture from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Jointly organised with the V&A. For course costs and bookings visit vam.ac.uk

Create! Architectural Drawing Workshop for 16-19 years
Saturday 21 Apr, 11.00-16.00 Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington
Create stunning architectural drawings on location around the V&A, learning the tricks of the trade with a qualified architect. Be inspired by examples of historical and contemporary architectural drawings of London’s most famous buildings in the Prints and Drawings Study Room and the V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery. Sketch books and access to Google Sketch-Up are supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own paper and laptops. £15, no concessions. Advance booking essential at am.ac.uk/create or 020 7942 2211


Fitzrovia Trail
Family Activity Saturday 30 Jun at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place
Discover London’s Fitzrovia through free workshops, special events and ‘behind the scenes’ visits to architects and designers’ studios. Collect your ‘Fitzrovia Trail’from the RIBA, 66 Portland Place.

Body Building: Architecture and the Body
Family Activity Saturday 30 Jun, 11.00-15.00, RIBA, 66 Portland Place
Discover how London’s iconic buildings stand up and define a city in this day of fun for the whole family. Recreate London’s greatest landmarks using your arms, legs, hands and feet. Then add your own creation to our Skyline of Shadows. Suitable for families with children ages 5+. Free, drop-in.

London Pleasure Gardens
23 Jun – 8 Jul, Pontoon Dock DLR
23-24 June – a special weekend of family activities
RIBA London, London Pleasure Gardens and consulting engineers Price & Myers are creating 12 structures inspired by the regeneration of London’s Royal Docks. Each will be designed by a different architectural practice. London Pleasure Gardens will be a family-friendly festival of fun on a huge scale. Also featured are benches made by architecture students, graduates and new practices participating in ‘Pews& Perches’. Free, no booking.

Hoxton Square
23 Jun – 8 Jul Hoxton Square, London
7-8 Jul – a special weekend of family activities
During the Festival, the London Borough of Hackney and RIBA London are transforming Hoxton Square. Come out to play! Parasol-shaped structures, from architects Harry Dobbs, playfully dotted around the square, will perform as social meeting places, for rest, play and discovery. Chameleon-like, they will respond to the visitor, at one moment creating a cozy space, or the next offering protection against the elements. You decide. Using wireless technology, designers Troika, who have had work displayed at the V&A and Design Museum, are creating a light installation inspired by the everyday symbols used for describing the weather forecast, a theme that’s echoed by The Weather Yesterday, a tongue-in-cheek and ever-changing illuminated tribute to the British pastime of talking about the weather.


Run, Jump, Shoot
Workshop Saturday 19 May 2012, 13.00-17.00, RIBA, 66 Portland Place and offsite Curator Justine Sambrook and photographer Andy Day (kiell.com) explore new ways of experiencing architecture through photography and the urban sport parkour. Beginning with a workshop at the RIBA’s worldclass photographic archive, the workshop concludes with a hands-on session led by Day. Participants will have an opportunity to shoot on location with parkour athletes. Suitable for intermediate level photographers and above, participants must bring their own equipment. Digital SLR camera recommended. £10. For more information and to book, contact Elizabeth Grant, 020 7307 3732


Architect in the House
Registration 16 Apr – 11 Jul
Would you like a free hour-long consultation with an RIBA chartered architect in your local area? If so, register now for Architect in the House, the innovative annual scheme jointly run by the RIBA and Shelter. The scheme is simple – visit architectinthehouse.org.uk and register before 11 July and we will match you with an RIBA architect where you live, who has given their time for free. In exchange for a one hour consultation, arranged at a convenient time, you can make a suggested donation of £40 to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Both homeowners and architects can find out more and sign-up at www.architectinthehouse.org.uk

RIBA London – Exhibition

A Place to Call Home

16 Feb – 23 Apr 2012 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

‘A Place to Call Home : where we live and why’ is a new RIBA exhibition, guest curated by Sarah Beeny, charting the story of the design and appeal of the everyday home over 250 years. It explores the changing characteristics of the British home and the key drivers that have shaped how and where we live.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks, displays, film screenings and activities as part of the RIBA’s Home Season.

13 Sep 2011

RIBA London Events – Design Bites

Design Bites is a new initiative by RIBA London in partnership with the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards offering the public a behind-the-scenes look at London restaurants where both designer and chef talk through the core concepts at the heart of each enterprise.

This autumn, three Design Bites events will take place at landmark London dining establishments that have been shortlisted for the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Co-led by the venue architect (or designer) alongside the chef or operator, each tour offers an exclusive insight into the design, menu and ethos behind the venture and culminates with a drink and taste of something on the menu as well as a chance to mingle with the experts and other tour attendees.

The Dock Kitchen, 344 Ladbroke Grove, London
Design: Tom Dixon
The Dock Kitchen
photo from RIBA London
The Dock Kitchen

Inamo St.James, 4-12 Regent Street, London
Architect: John Macaulay
Inamo St.James
photo from RIBA London
Inamo St.James

WM Club at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium
Design: Jon Lee of 20.20 design
WM Club Emirates Stadium
photo from RIBA London
Emirates Stadium

RIBA Exhibition

Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands

24 Feb – 3 May 2011
Galleries 1& 2 and RIBA Library, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1

Villa Müller:
Adolf Loos building
photo : Martin Polak

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), with the City of Prague Museum, Czech Centre London and Austrian Cultural Forum London, is pleased to present an exhibition on the work of one of the pioneers of European Modern architecture, Adolf Loos. The Gallery 2 exhibits will focus on the restoration of the Villa Müller in Prague, now a National Cultural Monument, and one of the finest examples of Loos’ ‘Raumplan’ technique – the development of split-level living.

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