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Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

What might London look like if we had made different architectural choices over the past decades and centuries? We’ll be exploring proposed and often radical – but never realised – building designs for London through architectural drawings in the extensive RIBA Collections.


The London That Might Have Been
5.00pm to 7.00pm
FREE - Book online

Discover a selection of unbuilt designs that had the courage to imagine new ways of living and working in London, and get a glimpse of what London’s future might look like, through current architectural projects proposed by contemporary, practicing architects.

For a special one-off event, RIBA curators will be on hand to showcase the selected drawings, tell the story behind these unbuilt projects and talk about working with the RIBA’s collection of over four million items. Drop in to get a close look at the selected drawings and learn more about the collection and display of architectural drawings.

We’ll also be celebrating London History Day with a digital and social media campaign showcasing London’s unbuilt architectural history. Explore an online gallery of unrealised projects and discover how the city might have looked through our social media channels - perhaps you even live or work in a building that was constructed instead of one of the unrealised schemes.

This is a drop-in event, but please register your interest to attend. Booking will be open via in the run-up to the event.

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Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

Royal Institute of British Architects 

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