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Arts Space of the Future

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RIBA London has launched a competition with Arts Council England to invite the capital's architects to respond to the challenge of creating our arts spaces of the future

Arts Space of the Future
RIBA London has launched a competition with Arts Council England to invite the capital's architects to respond to the challenge of creating our arts spaces of the future; spaces which reflect changing lifestyles, expectations and forms of participation, new and developing arts practice, the need to address climate change and issues of sustainability and the move towards more flexible, publicly-engaged buildings.

The competition aims to generate discussion and debate about the possibilities for the future of arts space design. The competition invites only conceptual schemes. Free from the constraints of construction details, architects are encouraged to be as creative and inventive as possible. Entrants should consider the possibilities of new technologies, flexibility for other uses, and question the current typology.

The competition is open to RIBA London student, graduate and chartered architect members and there will be cash prizes of £5,000 (1st), £2,500 (2nd) and £1,000 (3rd). The closing date for entries is 22 November 2007. The judging will take place in December and the winner announced in January 2008 at the opening of a public exhibition hosted by the National Theatre.

Judges are:
• Charlie Leadbeater (chair) leading authority on innovation and creativity
• Sarah Weir, executive director, Arts Council England, London
• Kwame Kwei Armah, actor and playwright
• Tricia Austin, Central St Martins
• Sarah Featherstone, Featherstone Associates
• Dr Ben Todd, Engineer and Executive Director of Arcola Theatre
• Steve Tompkins, Haworth Tompkins Architects.

While the competition is open only to entries from RIBA members in London, there will be an opportunity for the wider architecture and arts sectors to discuss the issues raised by the competition at an associated seminar in late January.

Details: www.architecture.com/ribalondon

Deadline: 22 November 2007

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