Location: Great Britain
The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency that advances architecture and urbanism to enrich life now and in future. We are independent, agile and influential.
We bring together the public and professionals to cultivate new ideas and talent, stimulate discussion, and improve the quality of the built environment.
Established in 1991 as the UK's first independent architecture centre, The Architecture Foundation has organised hundreds of design initiatives, events, exhibitions and education programmes in public venues across Britain and internationally.
The Architecture Foundation is a registered charity, with a Board of Trustees composed of individuals from a wide cross-section of interests and professions including architecture, art, business, policy, media, engineering and law. The AF is proud to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Before moving to its current Carmody Groarke-designed headquarters in Southwark (including the David Kohn-designed Skyroom), The Architecture Foundation has occupied high-profile and publicly-accessible venues across London including the Yard Gallery in Clerkenwell, and its original premises in the Economist Building, St James's.
The Architecture Foundation's diverse and cross-disciplinary programme includes:
- Events from film screenings to lectures and debates,
- Exhibitions that experiment with representations of architecture,
- Competitions and commissions for buildings and public spaces,
- Awards that celebrate excellence in contemporary architecture and urbanism,
- Education projects, focusing on young people considering further built environment study, and
- A wide range of other Projects including the New Architects international exchange programme and the London Festival of Architecture.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)
"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"
Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster
Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.
I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.