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The British Pavilion Pops up at Portland Place \

The RIBA is hosting last years Venice Biennale British Pavilion Exhibition – commissioned and curated by Vicky Richardson Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion for the British Council and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions, Architectural Association 'Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture' charts a course that takes in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the US.

The Venice Takeaway presents the work of ten architectural teams (one that was formed by our very own Darryl Chen in collaboration with Hawkins\Brown) that travelled the world in search of inspiration, reminding us that the practice of architecture is as much about observation and thinking as it is about design.

Our intrepid explorer travelled to the outer-Beijing village of Caochangdi, a thriving Chinese community where bottom-up opportunism meets top-down regulation. Pitting the political ambiguities of the Chinese planning system against the UK's own, the research project speculates as to how Caochangdi provides the clue to unlocking the potential inherent in the Localism Act.

It will be the first chance Londoners can see the immaculate 5-metre long scroll first hand, as well purchase a copy of the accompanying 'little red book'.

The Exhibition runs from 26 February to 27 April – more details can be found here.

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