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Foster reaches for the sky in RA Summer Exhibition first

Lord Foster will curate a tall building exhibition at this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

The RA has decided that architecture will 'take the prominent role for the first time' in this summer's show, following last year's focus on sculpture.

Foster's 'Sky High' exhibition will present models of both older tall buildings and presentations of 'some of the most innovative skyscrapers currently being designed worldwide'.

The display will attempt to 'offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the future of vertical architecture, by exploring the most recent technical advances powering the race for the clouds'.

As well as models, 'Sky High' will use videos and interactive programmes to illustrate the various aspects of building tall. It will also feature a room devoted to the work of sculptor Eduardo Chillida, who died last year. Special events will include the RA Annual Exhibition Lecture, which will be given by London Bridge Tower designer Renzo Piano. The RA will publish a book on skyscrapers to accompany the exhibition.

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