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Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out - Burlington Gardens

Richard Rogers. National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, 2006. Public viewing gallery. © Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA. Image courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.

Exhibition preview

RICHARD Rogers RA: Inside Out will explore the ideas and ethos of the internationally renowned architect and urbanist Lord Rogers of Riverside. Timed to coincide with Rogers’ 80th birthday, the exhibition will examine his social, political and cultural influences and their connection to his architecture.

Previously unseen original material, drawings and personal items, will present a unique insight into the thinking behind one of the world’s most celebrated architects.

Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out will be held in Burlington Gardens, the Royal Academy’s new venue for contemporary art and architecture, from July 18 to October 13, 2013.

The exhibition will draw 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 will be 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 will be showcased. These will 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 industry.

The exhibition will bring together the far reaching effects that Rogers’ interest in the politics of social justice has had on architecture and public policy.

Richard Rogers comments:

“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 will support Richard Rogers: Inside Out. Focusing on urban design issues, contributors will include leading architects, politicians and artists. Many of the events and activities accompanying the exhibition will take place in a public space specially created inside the exhibition.

Richard Rogers: Inside Out is organised 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.

Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out Gallery

Admission: £8 full price; concessions available; children under 12 and Friends of the RA free.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm), Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm).