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RIBA launches Shanghai Windows Project

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The RIBA is again looking for architects to take part in an exhibition in China

The insitute is inviting members to apply to participate in the RIBA Shanghai Windows Project following the success of a similar ‘shop window’ project last year in the country which involved architects such as Robin Lee, Erect, Aberrant and Studio Glowacka (AJ 25.09.2012).

The scheme will see architects create displays for international retailers during Shanghai Fashion Week in April 2014.

RIBA London is once more working with Chinese developer Shui On Land to secure up to 10 locations for the exhibitions.

The institute will provide selected architects with return flights and accommodation for two organised trips to Shanghai.

RIBA London first partnered retailers with architects in 2010 to create five window displays for the London Festival of Architecture.

It was then asked by the British Council to take the initiative to China. In 2012, nine London architects were matched with nine Shanghai retailers to create installations in Shanghai Xintiandi and XintiandiStyle.

Meanwhile, in April 2013 RIBA announced plans to run a trade mission to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chongqing and Chengdu.

A recent report from property firm CBRE found that seven of the eight most active cities for shopping centre development were in China.

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