To kick off spring, this week's highlight is the 1:1 replica of the Moriyama House (2005) which forms the centerpiece of The Japanese House exhibition at the Barbican, opening this Thursday. Other events not to miss include talks on urban planning, London cycling, and the conflicts between state and private ownership in Moscow.
This exhibition, organised in collaboration between the Japan
Foundation and the Barbican Centre, is the first major UK showcase of Japanese
domestic Architecture between 1945 and now. This focus on post-war Japanese
design will feature over 40 architects' work including a full-size recreation
of the Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa's Moriyama House.
If you haven't yet
had a chance to get to the Lockwood Kipling exhibition at the V&A, then
this week is a great time to. This free collection of around 300 objects, many
previously unseen by the public, focuses on the largely forgotten John Lockwood
Kipling, and his work as an artist and designer. The father of the renowned
writer Runyard, Kipling's career was lead by his passion to preserve Indian
Following the Russian Revolution 100 years ago, the city of Moscow was largely disrupted and displaced, whilst the focus on mass culture lead to a new range of spaces becoming available for public use. Soviet rule changed the perceptions and concepts of civic space, and the use of this wealth of public squares and spaces is now difficult to define, and even more so in terms of ownership. Speakers will discuss the future of Moscow's public realm and how lessons learnt through he study of the Russian capital's urban planning can be used internationally.
Through an evening of talks, events, film and music, the RIBA further continue their exhibition of the unbuilt Mansion House Square and James Stirling's No. 1 Poultry, by looking at the styles and key design characteristics of both Stirling and van der Rohe.
recent losses of life in London, two from within the architecture world, to
cycling incidents, the focus on cycle safety in London is higher than ever
before. This event is both a celebration of two wheels and an opportunity to
improve the safety of our city's roads. This talk's panel will be formed of
cycling campaigners and enthusiasts: Dr Ashok Sinha (Chief Executive of the
London Cycling Campaign in 2010); Peter Murray (NLA chairman and avid cyclist);
and Tom Platt (who has worked for the charity Living Streets, and has a
background in Urban Design).
The Aylesbury Estate is a sometimes forgotten, mammoth 1960s estate in Southwark, which has been the set for political campaigns and film studios alike. Reflecting on the 10 year anniversary of the Aylesbury Estate Charity, this exhibition looks at writing and art inspired by the brutalist architecture.
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