Richard Rogers Partnership, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, 2006, Public viewing gallery, © Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA , Image courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA.
Piano + Rogers, Pompidou Centre, Paris, 1971-77, Color-coded external services, © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Photo © David Noble, Image courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Richard + Su Rogers, Zip-Up House, 1968, Concept drawing, © Richard and Su Rogers, Image courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out
July 18-October 13, 2013
Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out explores the ideas and ethos of internationally renowned architect and urbanist Lord Rogers of Riverside. Timed to coincide with Rogers’ 80th birthday, the exhibition examines his social, political and cultural influences and their connection to his architecture.
Previously unseen original material, drawings and personal items, presents a unique insight into the thinking behind one of the world’s most celebrated architects. The venue for Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out is Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy’s new venue for contemporary art and architecture.
The exhibition draws on key stages in Rogers’ life, from the influence of his Italian family, his
experience of wartime and post-war Britain, his education at the Architectural Association and Yale, and the impact of seeing new American architecture and technology.
Visitors are introduced to Rogers’ principles through the presentation of major projects and collaborations, revealing his pioneering ideas about architecture and his belief in the need to create vibrant cities for everyone. Rogers has consistently worked with themes that are far wider than conventional architectural thinking, articulating them as a spokesperson, writer, politician and activist, as well as an architect.
For over half a century, Rogers has advocated the social objectives of architecture, the importance of public space, urban regeneration and better planning, through innovative design. He has played a pivotal role in master-planning and shaping government policy on urban development, believing that architecture is the most powerful agent for social change.
A number of high-profile projects that incorporate Rogers’ architectural principles are showcased. These include the Centre Pompidou, designed with Renzo Piano and still considered one of the most radical modern buildings since its opening in 1977, the Grade 1 listed headquarters for Lloyd’s of London, and the Bordeaux Law Courts. Through these projects Rogers has established himself and his practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, as standing at the forefront of the architecture
The exhibition brings together the far reaching effects that Rogers’ interest in the politics of social justice has had on architecture and public policy.
Richard Rogers says, “For almost 300 years the Royal Academy has been at the heart of
London’s artistic life, acting as a crucible for vital critical discourse and as one of the world’s leading exhibition spaces. I am delighted to have worked alongside the Royal Academy to hold this exhibition. I believe history judges us on the physical and social quality of our cities, and this
exhibition aims to explore the role of architecture both as a physical discipline and as a framework to interpret our wider society.”
A series of debates, discussions and an innovative events and educational programme support Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out. Focusing on urban design issues, contributors include leading architects, politicians and artists. Events and activities accompanying the exhibition take place in a public space specially created inside the exhibition.
Organization Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out is organized by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH-P) and the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition has been curated by Jeremy Melvin, Consultant Curator for Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition is designed by Ab Rogers Design with graphics by Graphic Thought Facility.
Catalogue An illustrated catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibition Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out, with contributions from Michael Heseltine, Anne Powers, Michael Craig-Martin and Ricky Burdett amongst others.