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Competition: Beyond Borders pop-ups, London and Liverpool

Pea Soup House by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio
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The RIBA has launched a contest for a series of £5,000 installations which will be constructed inside its London and Liverpool venues this summer

Open to all RIBA members, students and non-members – the Beyond Borders competition seeks ‘site-specific’ proposals which explore the social and psychological impact of physical and political barriers.

Four winning schemes will be constructed at 1:1 scale inside the RIBA Headquarters at 66 Portland Place and the newly opening RIBA North venue, designed by Broadway Malyan, in Liverpool. Submissions to the contest will also feature in an exhibition held during the London Festival of Architecture from 1 to 30 June.

According to the brief: ‘Architecture as a discourse has historically been an international discipline operating beyond and between borders. Responding to this year’s theme, “Beyond Borders”, RIBA will exhibit projects that rethink the thresholds that divide nations, communities and families and consider the possibilities of our shared boundaries on global, local and domestic scales.

‘Prospective submissions can represent new ways to communicate and experience the international, inclusive and outward-looking ways that architecture helps shape and unite the world around us.’

The contest comes one year after the RIBA launched an open call for a series of community-focussed installations. Winners of the previous competition included Pea Soup House by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio (pictured) which was installed in the RIBA London foyer last summer.

The overall winners of this year’s open call will be constructed with help from the RIBA Young People’s Forum and exhibited inside 66 Portland Place and RIBA North from 3 July to 14 September.

RIBA head of exhibitions and interpretation, Marie Bak Mortensen said: ‘I’m delighted to present this exciting brief to architects that will give them an opportunity to develop and express their ideas.

‘RIBA will be looking for original projects, but there are no formal requirements to how the theme of ‘Beyond Borders’ is interpreted and we encourage practices to approach the brief with an open-mind and inquisitive outlook.

‘Last year more than 25,000 visitors engaged with our installations and exhibitions and we hope to build on this success by reaching out to new communities in Liverpool this year.’

Judges include Bak Mortensen; Chris Bryant, director of Alma-nac and chair of the RIBA Small Practice Group; RIBA North director Suzy Jones; and HÛT Architecture associate director Rachael Davidson.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 28 April.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Anna Holsgrove
66 Portland Place

Email: anna.holsgrove@riba.org
Tel: 020 7307 3791


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