Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo

Free Exhibition

Practice Gallery, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London

June 02 2017 - July 07 2017

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo looks at public
space design between c.1955 and c.1975, during a crucial period for the development
of two world cities, London and São Paulo. Though located in very different cultures,
the designers of the eight public spaces on show shared a common frame of reference,
whatever their view of it: architectural Modernism.
As a result, the four examples in London and the four in São Paulo are works of
equal ambition and equal invention, and representative of a consensus on the value
of the public realm and the importance of the state in providing and protecting it.
The exhibition focuses on the ideas – political, urban, aesthetic – that drove these public
space designs, and the importance of design in delivering successful – and unsuccessful
– public spaces.
In London:
Economist Plaza
British Library forecourt
South Bank Arts Centre
Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

In São Paulo:

Centro Empresarial Itaú Conceição

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP)

Centro Cultural de São Paulo (CCSP)

Vale do Anhangabaú

The exhibition is part of a three year collaborative research project between the Department of
Architecture, University of Westminster, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC),
and the Department of Architectural History, University of São Paulo, funded by FAPESP, State of
São Paulo. The exhibition also forms part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017.
Project partners: Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Town Planning Institute,
the British Council, and the 20th Century Society.

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