2nd March 2011, 9:28am
Fifty buildings 50 years - for free
RIBA church A major touring exhibition from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) celebrating great modern architecture in the East Midlands will be hosted by the Lincoln School of Architecture later this month.

Fifty buildings 50 years showcases innovative and enduring architecture from the ‘swinging sixties’ onwards, revealing how architectural creativity is shaped by context, place, culture, social and political trends of the time, and in turn, shapes the identity of local places and spaces.

Jude Hall, Regional Projects Development Officer for RIBA East Midlands, said: “Fifty50 came about thanks to a number of reasons. To coincide with the RIBA East Midlands 40th birthday in 2007 a smaller exhibition called '40-40' showcased 40 RIBA Award winning schemes from the last 40 years. The popularity of this display demonstrated that there was a real desire from the public to see more of the great architecture which the region has to offer, and so Fifty50 was born. We also wanted to address the lack of regional identity associated with the East Midlands. Our idea therefore was to create a project which would boost morale and confidence in the region by showcasing buildings which lift the spirits and engender pride.

“We wanted to take architecture to the people and to audiences who may not normally be exposed to such an exhibition. We therefore decided to tour Fifty50 to every county in the East Midlands region.

“With so many great schemes included in Fifty50 from Lincolnshire, and from Lincoln in particular, we are delighted that the exhibition is now coming to the University of Lincoln. From Sam Scorer’s Parish Church of St John the Baptist to Marks Barfield’s energy efficient Think Tank, the exhibition will inspire students, inform the general public and act as a reminder to many of the fantastic buildings which exist on our doorstep.  Visitor feedback so far has been excellent.”

All the buildings are published in RIBA's Fifty buildings 50 years guide book. Featuring much loved modern classics, buildings of character and wit, leaders in innovation and some of the latest in contemporary architectural design, it is available to buy online at www.architecture.com/fifty50.

Fifty buildings 50 years will be open daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm from 14-24 March (except 19 March), in the Gallery at the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture. Entry is free.

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/aad/
--Ends--