Pompidou Centre, Paris
RICHARD ROGERS + ARCHITECTS
21 November to 3 March 2008
Occupying 1,150 sqm of gallery space, this bilingual (French-English) retrospective presents a detailed
overview of 45 years of work by Richard Rogers and his various collaborators.
The exhibition's design is inspired by the 'human' piazza environment, which is central to
Richard Rogers and the Pompidou. It should encourage debate, discussion, and open mindedness, where
people are happy to spend time absorbing and discovering the city, and its inner relations with architecture.
A place where people can be contaminated by the architecture, the designs and the exhibits which surround them.
It should demonstrate how this pioneering thinker and practice believes buildings and the city can work together.
The exhibition draws inspiration from the city itself, where a collection of individual
buildings create complex experiences, where multitudes of textures, pathways, observations and
scales from micro to macro come together to create a city. The collection of new and archive
architectural models, photography, drawings, films and digital animations form a navigational system
which takes the visitor through the projects. Referencing the layouts of cities, both old and new,
runways which are sometimes rambling, sometimes wide, always experiential, the space is always easy to
navigate. Never getting lost or congested in traffic jams. This exhibition changes and ages with different
venues and people, and the way that it ages with people is it's real success.
The exhibition is currently shown at the Design Museum, London, from 24 April to 25 August 2008,
and will then be presented in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain in 2009.
Ab Rogers Design in collaboration with The Richard Greenwood partnership, Praline,
Dominic Robson (BLINK!.), DA.studio, Giuseppe Bartolini, Hijack and Marina Willer.