Architects will be joined by students from UCL, UEL and Oxford Brookes, working to the same brief as students from Santiago University Catholica, on a series of sites belonging to Santiago Metro. Peter Bishop of UCL will be in Chile facilitating and organising the students there and video conferencing technology will enable the participants to exchange design ideas and suggestions for community and stakeholders’ involvement.
The UK architectural practices taking part have experience of working on similar sites for TFL and Network Rail in London and elsewhere, and will be able to share their knowledge of the design issues and political processes.
This is an important component of the RIBA’s plan to become a global membership organisation. The RIBA currently validates many University courses throughout the world but has very little engagement with them. Five of these courses are in Chile and this first charrette will link the students and young architects with the RIBA and also with RIBA chartered practices for the first time. Once these links have been made we can build a global community; exactly as the 1834 Royal Charter envisaged.
There is a similar charrette planned in Hong Kong in the summer and others in the pipeline for Africa, India and the USA. It is hoped to involve the RIBA regions, utilising facilities at RIBA North for example.
Chris Williamson said: There has been lots of interest in many places. My own engagement with architects and institutes all over the world confirms that we face similar issues wherever we are and there is a genuine desire to benefit from the knowledge and assistance of the RIBA in many different locations. The RIBA is held in great regard globally and we need more outreach programmes to help our colleagues overseas. Engaging with students is also an important part of building for the future.”
The first charrette will be available to view online on March 8 live from Weston Williamson + Partners studio and Santiago Chile.” If you would like to be involved in this or subsequent similar events please contact email@example.com