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  • Royal Festival Hall Revival

    Royal Festival Hall, Allies & Morrison Architects, 2007. Copyright © Peter Cook

    As the Royal Festival Hall reopens after a closure period of two years, this exhibition reveals how this landmark building has been painstakingly refocused to meet the demands of the next 50 years as a world-class concert venue and a vibrant public arena for the arts.

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  • The Holiness of Beauty: G.F. Bodley (1827-1907) and his circle

    1 November 2007 – 17 February 2008

    Free Admission

    Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of George Frederick Bodley, the most influential Gothic-revival architect of the late 19th century, this display explored Bodley’s career from his early powerful, colourful Gothic designs to the spare elegance of his late style, which profoundly shaped the appearance of Anglican churches throughout the world.

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  • James Athenian Stuart 1713 - 1788: The Rediscovery of Antiquity

    15 March - 24 June 2007

    Widely recognised for his central role in the development of Neo-Classicism, James 'Athenian' Stuart is a compelling figure in English design history. This exhibition was the first comprehensive retrospective of Stuart's work. It looked at him as a designer, artist and taste-maker, setting his work in the context of eighteenth century design culture.

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  • On the Threshold: The Changing Face of Housing

    2 November 2006 - 27 May 2007

    From the legacies of iconic schemes to experimental contemporary designs and future ideas, this exhibition looks at and under the residential skin. The external housing shell – its face to the world and the threshold spaces it creates – both individual and communal – such as front gardens, porches, roof-terraces and balconies - contributes to our picture and sense of what ‘home’ means to each one of us, and gives a shared sense of belonging.

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  • The Modern Shop: Architecture & Shopping Between the Wars

    2 March - 4 June 2006

    In the 1920s and 1930s architects produced a number of striking shop designs in Britain. Influenced by the 1925 Paris Exhibition and other Continental examples, many shops and chain stores rebuilt their premises, or at least modernised their façades. Architects became interested in shop design, using marble, neon and chrome, and critics praised the way in which the Modern Movement revitalised this sphere of design. Many of these innovative interiors and façades are now sadly gone.

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  • SAVE Britain's Heritage 1975-2005: 30 Years of Campaigning

    3 November 2005 - 12 February 2006

    Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of SAVE, a campaigning body working to save Britain’s architectural heritage. The birth of SAVE was sparked by the immense publicity generated by the now legendary exhibition 'The Destruction of the Country House' held at the V&A in 1974.

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  • Deutschlandscape

    20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006

    Deutschlandscape is a dramatic 90m long photographic panorama showing 38 recently built projects throughout Germany. The display explored the deliberate shift in focus by architects from metropolitan urban centres to the areas on the urban fringe. At the core of all these projects is the intent to regenerate spaces within the urban margins and provincial towns.

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  • RIBA Stirling Prize

    22 June - 16 October 2005

    The RIBA Stirling Prize has captured the public imagination. It shows what good contemporary architecture can offer and highlights the very best of British architectural talent. Drawings, plans, photographs and models on show offered a detailed view of how each of the nine prize-winning buildings were conceived, planned and constructed.

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  • AJ Corus 40 Under 40

    21 June 2005 - 29 August 2005

    AJ Corus 40 Under 40 is an award scheme for young architects under the age of 40 working in the UK, and was launched by the Architects Journal & Corus. The display , in gallery 50, showcased the creative thinking and talent of the 40 winning architects, who were invited to submit examples of their work for assessment by a distinguished panel of leading UK architects and prominent figures from the world of design and development.  The work displayed included completed and proposed projects and design ideas.

    The display formed part of the V&A's celebration of Architecture Week and its partnership with RIBA, and will now travel to Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.

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  • Joinedupdesignforschools

    21 February 2005 - 31 March 2005

    What if you put pupils in charge of improving their schools?
    This exhibition told the story of how the Sorrell Foundation joined up pupils from all over Britain with some of the best designers in the world to create ideas and designs that would dramatically improve their school.

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  • Zoomorphic

    18 September 2003 - 4 January 2004

    Today, with computers and new materials, architects are able to design and build more freely so they are exploring the natural world once more. This exhibition displayed architectural models and photographs alongside the species that have influenced them.

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  • Buildings in Miniature

    10 September- 1 December 2002

    Ranging from ancient China and medieval India to early nineteenth-century Italy and contemporary London, this is a selection of architectural models drawn from the collections of the V&A and RIBA and displayed at the V&A in autumn 2002.


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