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Last call for Royal Academy/AJ Mayfair 'ideas competition'

The last call for entries for the Royal Academy’s (RA) ideas competition to ‘reimagine’ a swathe of Mayfair has been sounded

In April the RA, in partnership with the AJ, put out an open call for teams that could offer ‘bold new ideas for reimagining the area of Mayfair directly to the north of the RA’s Burlington Gardens building’ (AJ 3.4.14).

The architect-led, multidisciplinary teams now only have until 30 June to get their entries (via architecture@royalacademy.org.uk) in to what the RA described would showcase a ‘platform for new thinking’.

Judges, including the AJ’s Rory Olcayto and the RA’s architecture programme manager Owen Hopkins, are looking for concepts that they think will transform the area – which is bounded by Old Bond Street, Clifford Street, Savile Row and Burlington Gardens – into ‘London’s next cultural quarter’.

Hopkins said: ‘While the open call is focused on a particular area of London, we hope it will also act more broadly as a platform for the type of fresh thinking that’s needed to reinvigorate public debate about how we make and re-make our cities’.

The entries will be whittled down to four teams. Each will receive a £750 stipend in addition to £250 towards presentation costs.

On the 19 September, the quartet of shortlisted teams will present its ideas at an informal public event in front of a panel of critics. The entries will then be displayed in a pop-up exhibition at the RA as part of Open House London (20-21 September).

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