What does community architecture look like? Making It Happen tells the stories behind four very different examples of new or reimagined public areas. This immersive exhibition charts and celebrates the coming together of communities and architects to craft and create spaces that work for all.

In recent years many public buildings in Britain have faced an uncertain future as a result of budget cuts or the withdrawal of funding. In response, communities have come together to keep public buildings open and functioning, campaigning and fundraising in the face of closure or catastrophe. Making It Happen: New Community Architecture features four recent projects that offer ideas for the re-design of existing spaces and methodologies to build new ones:

  • Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects
  • Coniston Institute by Grizedale Arts + Hayatsu Architects
  • Old Manor Park Library by APPARATA
  • The Lookout by Processcraft

The exhibition design by Hayatsu Architects presents a series of immersive installations that reflect the materiality and spatial qualities of each project, with displays that demonstrate the roles that the four practices took on, working as designers, contractors, makers, cheerleaders and activists.

admission free

Exhibitions: Making It Happen: New Community Architecture, 30 January to 27 April 2019, Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Photo: Hastings Pier (c) James Robertshaw for dRMM Architects