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RIBA opens contest for £5k community pop-ups

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The RIBA has launched a competition for a series of £5,000 community-focussed installations which will be constructed inside its London headquarters this summer

Open to RIBA members only, the contest seeks proposals which take a ‘fresh look at how architectural structures, both permanent and temporary, can strengthen community engagement, from micro to macro scales.’

Around 30 shortlisted projects will be shown in 2D, 3D and video form at Peckham Levels – the car park home of Frank’s Campari Bar and Bold Tendencies – as part of the London Festival of Architecture between 1 and 30 June.

Three winning teams will then receive £5,000 each to construct their schemes to 1:1 scale for an exhibition inside 66 Portland Place opening on 21 June.

According to the brief: ‘Prospective submissions may represent a variety of community ideals such as alternative housing arrangements, new co-working or co-habitating setups, mobile enterprises, or public spaces.

‘RIBA will be looking for original projects that explore technical innovation, potential to instigate change, and the ways in which communities can be constructed with architecture.

‘Experimentation and imaginative thinking are encouraged for the works submitted to the open call.’

Judges include Alma-nac director Chris Bryant, John McAslan & Partners director Hannah Lawson and Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright.

RIBA head of exhibitions and interpretation Marie Bak Mortensen and Rachael Davidson of HÛT Architecture complete the jury.

Bak Mortensen commented: ‘I’m delighted to present this exciting brief to architects.

‘Our summer show, running across contrasting sites in London will present new ideas and ignite debate on how architecture influences our communities.’

She continued: ‘This ambitious vision for work to be realised on a one-to-one scale will be a challenge, but one I know our members will relish.’

The deadline for entries is 6 April.

How to apply

View the open call for more information


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Carl Turner’s Peckham Levels proposal

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  • So, the RIBA is willing to allow three lucky teams of architects, who win a design competition, to spend their own time building installations for them. RIBA will kindly contributing the cost of materials (£5,000). Sounds like a fantastic opportunity for any RIBA qualified architects with lots of free time...

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