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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

The Banality of Good exhibition comes to London

12th March 2013

The Banality of Good is the latest exhibition to be displayed at the Royal Institute of Architects in London later this month.

Based on six international cities built between World War II and the present day, this exhibition will look at the socio-economic drivers that inspired their development and the complexities of city making.

What connects King Abdullah's Economic City in Saudi Arabia to Stevenage in Hertfordshire? Or perhaps the city of Songjiang in China to Tema in Ghana?

Each of them are new towns - planned places that are quite different in their own way, but they also share a DNA inspired by an agenda and set of ideals of what it is that makes a place.

This exhibition by Dutch collective the Crimson Architectural Historians - first shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale last summer - will display how many cities are intertwined despite seemingly being completely different.

Showcased through large allegoric triptychs that represent the dreams and realities of the towns, this exhibition asks whether the design of new towns can be a subject of collective pride.

It will be at the Royal Institute of Architects for around six weeks from March 25th to May 10th, so people with an interest in the field won't have long to book stays in luxury London hotels to take a look around the exhibition.

The venue is fairly centrally located in the city so getting there from your accommodation shouldn't provide too many problems provided you research where you're going beforehand.

Indeed, it is situated very close to a couple of Tube stops - Regent's Park and Great Portland Street - which should aid in getting around the city.


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