Ten architecture and design exhibitions to see in London

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If you’re visiting London for the Dezeen Awards 2023 party taking place on 28 November, here are 10 architecture and design exhibitions also taking place in the city.

Diva, AI: Who’s Looking After Me?, and Makerversity: Designing for the Real World and Skateboard are among the exhibitions open to visit in London during November.

Francis Crick Institute’s Cut + Paste exhibition was designed by designed by The Liminal Space

Cut + Paste
11 February to 2 December 2023

Biomedical research organisation the Francis Crick Institute hosts an exhibition designed by multidisciplinary design studio The Liminal Space.

Through interactive games, the exhibition explores a new form of genetic engineering – known as genome editing – including the tools used for it and the ethics surrounding it.

Cut + Paste takes place at the Francis Crick Institute in the King’s Cross district of London.

AI: Who’s Looking After Me?
21 June 2023 to 20 January 2024

The exhibition questions human reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) through its uses within society, including public healthcare and the judicial system.

Taking place at the Science Gallery London, located at King’s College London’s Campus, the exhibition features 13 projects.

AI: Who’s Looking After Me? is a collaborative project between the gallery and cultural organisation FutureEverything.

Diva showcases clothing, accessories, film, music, portraiture, sketches and film

24 June 2023 to 7 April 2024

The V&A Museum hosts the Diva exhibition, which explores the designs behind ‘divas’ and how the role has changed throughout time.

Alongside the modern interpretation of the term, the exhibition also explores traditional examples of divas in opera and theatre through sketches, portraiture, clothing, audio and film.

The event aims to explore how the term ‘diva’ has been subverted over time, with the display featuring a reproduced portrait from the 19th century.

Takeshi Hosaka Architects present projects at the exhibition, including the Love2 House in Tokyo, Japan

Small Spaces in the City: Rethinking Inside the Box
8 September 2023 to 27 January 2024

Small Spaces in the City: Rethinking Inside the Box takes place at bathroom manufacturer Roca’s London showroom and spotlights small homes around the world.

Projects by universities King’s College London and The Bartlett School of Architecture, as well as architects and studios Proctor & Shaw, Takeshi Hosaka, Gary Chang, JCPCDR Architecture, Paola Bagna and White Arkitekter are on display at the showroom.

The exhibition is designed by industrial product and furniture designer Tom Robinson and curated by Clare Farrow Studio. It opened during the 2023 edition of London Design Festival and is on display until January 2024.

Wide-Angle View
13 September 2023 to 24 February 2024

The Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) hosts Wide-Angle View to celebrate architecture through photography.

The exhibition presents work by photographers Tony Ray-Jones, Patrick Ward and Ian Berry, exploring relationships between people and urban environments throughout Britain in the 1960s.

More than 70 photographs are on display at RIBA’s London headquarters.

Gucci Cosmos
11 October to 31 December 2023

Italian fashion house Gucci spotlights a retrospective of its clothing and accessories in a travelling exhibition that takes place in London from October to December.

Gucci Cosmos takes place at 180 Studios in the city’s Temple region and presents Gucci’s designs, spanning the last 100 years following the brand’s founding in 1921.

The exhibition was curated by fashion critic Maria Luisa Frisa and designed by artist Es Devlin.

20 October 2023 to 2 June 2024

The Design Museum in London presents Skateboard, displaying skateboards and accessories that highlight design changes between the present day and the 1950s.

Designer and skater Jonathan Olivares curated the exhibition, which includes over 90 boards and more than 100 objects, such as wheels, magazines, VHS tapes and safety equipment.

Alongside the display, the exhibition features a skate ramp, enabling visitors to skate inside the museum.

Makerversity: Designing for the Real World
1 November 2023 to 4 Febraury 2024

Makerversity: Designing for the Real World takes place at Somerset House, showcasing examples of designers’ processes, including prototypes and final designs, alongside live workshop displays.

The interactive exhibition explores traditional and modern design techniques, examining initial concepts, production, completed products and implementation, with a focus on sustainability, accessibility and technology.

Makerversity is a business support community led by Somerset House. The exhibition is curated by Makerversity’s director and co-founder Paul Smyth in collaboration with art studio Something & Son.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Boundless
15 November 2023 to 22 January 2024

The Saatchi Gallery presents installations and sculptures by artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude between the 1960s to the 2010s, thought to explore themes of connection and a rejection of tradition.

Featured work includes Wrapped Coast in Australia, Surrounded Islands, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, The Umbrellas (1991), The Gates in Central Park and The Floating Piers.

The exhibition forms part of the gallery’s Season of Sculpture series.

Christien Meindertsma: Re-forming Waste
22 November 2023 to 19 October 2024

Designer Christien Meindertsma hosts the Re-forming Waste exhibition at the V&A Museum, which presents projects made from linoleum and wool.

The exhibition follows Meindertsma’s research into the materials, sourcing environmentally conscious resources for a circular economy.

The display collection was made utilising both traditional craft and modern technology.

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