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Exhibition: Drawn to the Future

07:00 - 19 August, 2015
Exhibition: Drawn to the Future, Riding a virtual reality rollercoaster through a skyscraper city. c Agnese Sanvito
Riding a virtual reality rollercoaster through a skyscraper city. c Agnese Sanvito

Head-spinning funfair rides are part of the attraction of Drawn To The Future, an exhibition of new approaches to architectural visualisations at The Building Centre in London.

“We explore how digital media is changing the way we create built forms,” says the show curator, Lewis Blackwell, executive director of strategy at The Building Centre.

The most popular exhibit looks likely to be the virtual rollercoaster developed at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Viewed on an Oculus Rift headset, it simulates a rollercoaster journey around the skyscrapers of a fantasy city.

The Building Centre Presents "Rethinking the Urban Landscape"

00:00 - 30 January, 2015
The Building Centre Presents "Rethinking the Urban Landscape", Bradford City Park. Image © Gillespies
Bradford City Park. Image © Gillespies

Rethinking the Urban Landscape, a (free!) exhibition curated by The Building Centre and Landscape Institute, presents a case for a landscape-first approach to city design and regeneration. The show, which is on view at The Building Centre in London until end of February and then tours, focuses on six problematic areas - from environmental issues to financial planning - and shows international projects that, due to the early procurement of landscape architects, deliver unique solutions.

Explore the Land of the Upright People in Grant Smith's "Upright and Educated"

00:00 - 18 January, 2015
Explore the Land of the Upright People in Grant Smith's "Upright and Educated", © Grant Smith
© Grant Smith

Through January 31, The Building Centre is hosting Upright and Educated, a photographic exhibition documenting the work of UK charitable organization Article 25 in Burkina Faso. Captured by award-winning photographer Grant Smith, the images chart the construction and use of a school in Gourcy, in the country's north.

Founded in 2006, Article 25 worked with local builders, craftspeople, and fellow UK charity Giving Africa to construct Bethel Secondary School, allowing up to 1100 children access to enhanced education and vocational training facilities. Learn more about the project and view selected images from the exhibition after the break.

© Grant Smith © Grant Smith © Grant Smith © Grant Smith + 5

A Shed of One’s Own: An Exploration of Architectural Sheds and Writer’s Bothies

00:00 - 25 October, 2014
A Shed of One’s Own: An Exploration of Architectural Sheds and Writer’s Bothies, The Bothy Project - Pig Rock Bothy. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. 2014. Image Courtesy of The Building Centre
The Bothy Project - Pig Rock Bothy. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. 2014. Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

As part of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival, The Building Centre is examining the space Dylan Thomas and other writers depend on to create their work. A Shed of One's Own is a photographic exploration of unique sheds with architectural significance and literary connections. From award-winning studios in Central London to weathered bothies in Scotland, this exhibition explores the importance of space for creativity and inspiration.

2014 Wolfson Economics Prize Exhibition Explores the Potential of Garden Cities

00:00 - 14 September, 2014
2014 Wolfson Economics Prize Exhibition Explores the Potential of Garden Cities, © Agnese Sanvito
© Agnese Sanvito

On September 3, 2014, urban design consultancy URBED was announced winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize. The competition has spurred unprecedented conversation and debate over the concept of Garden Cities in the UK, while the finalists call for the development of theoretical ideas and implementation of practical solutions. ArchDaily brought you the winning proposal earlier, and The Building Centre, an independent forum of the built environment, teamed up with the Wolfson Prize organizers to bring you an exhibit further exploring the broad range of design solutions from over 200 brilliant entries.

Exhibition: Agnese Sanvito - Absorb/reflect/scatter

00:00 - 25 February, 2014
Exhibition: Agnese Sanvito - Absorb/reflect/scatter, National Theatre, London. 1976 / Denys Lasdun / 6:10pm, January 4, 2014
National Theatre, London. 1976 / Denys Lasdun / 6:10pm, January 4, 2014

Architectural photographer Agnese Sanvito will be exhibiting a selection from her portfolio at The Building Centre in London. Her works, which include photographs of buildings by Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava, Wilkinson Eyre, and Sou Fujimoto, focuses on the ways color shapes our sense of buildings.