RIBA North, the new national architecture centre in Liverpool has announced its winter programme of exhibitions and events.
The new season opens with Cerámica (28 October – 10 February 2018), an exhibition, which shows how traditional ceramic techniques and digital engineering processes can be used together to produce more meaningful and sustainable architectural elements.
From Friday 10 November, RIBA North will showcase exquisite models of the six finalists of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, with the winning building having been announced on 31 October at the Roundhouse in London. The models illustrate the best architecture in the UK, and showcase some of the most careful three-dimensional scale model making.
From 6 December, RIBA North will host the 2017 RIBA President’s Medals exhibition, the Institute’s annual showcase of the most radical and innovative ideas in architectural education. Awarded since 1836, these medals celebrate the diverse and talented work produced by students in schools of architecture across the worlds that are nominated for the RIBA Bronze, Silver, and Dissertation Medals.
Suzy Jones Director of RIBA North said “RIBA North has been open for just four months and is already firmly established as a destination which promotes the benefits of architecture and good design on the world around us. Our winter season is packed with activities to appeal to all our visitors: from families to design professionals and architects.”
On Saturday 28 October RIBA North opens its latest exhibition, Cerámica in partnership with ECAlab. In this exhibition, we explore how ceramics are being positioned to provide a low impact solution to global sustainability in the built environment. This synergy between traditional ceramic techniques, digital design and engineering processes can be used to produce more meaningful and sustainable architectural elements.
The full-scale ceramic prototypes on display offer a viable alternative to global manufacturing and distribution. The combination of the material sustainability of ceramics, digitally optimized design of components, and the appropriation of vernacular language and embodied cultural identity, transforms the preliminary engineered product into a more socially, ethically and environmentally sustainable building component. Alongside the exhibition there will be a series of events for everyone to get involved with from curator’s tours, artist’s talks and Clay Play, an opportunity for families to come and experiment with clay, create unique decorative tiles and get hands-on.
ECAlab investigates the possibilities of ceramics for sustainable technologies, while examining the role of emerging digital technologies alongside traditional ceramic craftsmanship skills.
The RIBA Stirling Prize Models
From Friday 10 November RIBA North will host models of the six buildings in the running for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. This is the first time the models of the shortlisted buildings will have been exhibited outside London. For those who can’t travel to London to see the models, or travel around the country to see the buildings themselves, this is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the six schemes. The models will remain on display at RIBA North throughout the Winter.
- Barrett’s Grove, Stoke Newington, east London by Groupwork + Amin Taha
- British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, Bloomsbury, London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
- Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects for Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent
- City of Glasgow College – City Campus, Scotland by Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects
- Hastings Pier, East Sussex by dRMM Architects
- Photography Studio for Juergen Teller, west London by 6a architects
RIBA President’s Medals
Established in 1836 when the Institute of British Architects awarded the first Silver Medal for best architectural essay, the President’s Medals are the RIBA’s oldest awards and are regarded as the most prestigious international awards in architectural education.
The current format of the awards dates to 1986, when the Institute replaced a large number of student awards, scholarships and prizes with the Bronze and Silver Medals to reward outstanding design work at, respectively, Part 1 and Part 2. In 2001, a Dissertation Medal was added to reward accomplished written work.
The winners receive their awards from the RIBA President at a ceremony at the RIBA in London in early December of each year. This coincides with the opening of the exhibition of entries that also tours throughout the UK and internationally. The exhibition (running from 6 December to 24 February) includes not only the winning work of the 2017 medallists but also a diverse range of entries selected to illustrate the quality and diversity of work produced by students at all levels of architectural education across the globe.
Over the last few years, this showcase of talented student work has been exhibited in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kuwait, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
All award entries can be viewed online at www.presidentsmedals.com.
At the heart of RIBA North is the City Gallery, a space for visitors to learn more about Liverpool’s past, present and future, as well as the processes involved in urban development and the evolution of the built environment.
RIBA North’s City Gallery includes the Digital City Model, an interactive 3D model that tells a variety of stories about Liverpool and the surrounding area. It is also an extraordinary professional tool, which can be used by developers, architects and planners to host public consultations, anticipate the impact of future development and encourage the best design approaches. The City Gallery has been designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Information Hub within the Liverpool Waterfront and we are proud to create debate and support the ongoing conversation about how we regenerate the Liverpool City Region in a heritage environment.
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