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Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw studio

X-ray talk


Wednesday 19 July 2017
8.30 — 9.30am

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Part of our

Summer Exhibition 2017

events programme
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Dubai Expo2020, Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw studio.

© Grimshaw

A breakfast talk with Andrew Whalley, Deputy Chairman at Grimshaw, and journalist Pamela Buxton, discussing architecture as an “instruction-based art” and exploring the challenges and complexity of building design today.

Discussing their practice’s submission to this year’s Summer Exhibition, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw PPRA says:

“In my view, all architects have an obligation to consider how their buildings might be re-purposed in the future. Drawings showing layering of services and structure, and the rules for changing them, will be essential for this. Buildings should be organisms which are not monumental, but which are constantly changing due to the forces acting upon them.”

The Architecture Room in this year’s Summer Exhibition is curated by Farshid Moussavi RA. Her innovative theme explores architecture as an “instruction-based art” and invites entrants to submit construction coordination drawings. These x-ray visualisations show the interrelationships and full complexity of the different systems and parts of buildings, providing the public with a rare view of the “backstage” areas of architecture. They are also the starting point for a new series of talks exploring this complexity and the impact it has on people’s experiences of architecture.

In this x-ray talk, Andrew Whalley, Deputy Chairman at Grimshaw, is joined by Pamela Buxton, architecture and design journalist and regular contributor to RIBA Journal and Building Design, to discuss the practice’s submission to this year’s Summer Exhibition. He explores the challenges they face in managing the multitude of aesthetic, experiential, technical, and functional decisions informing their designs, and how these are conveyed through construction coordination drawings.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Wednesday 19 July 2017

8.30 — 9.30am

Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts

£8, £5 concessions. Includes tea, coffee and pastries.

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