Building Children’s Worlds

Modern Architecture And Post-1945 Picturebooks

29th March to 31st May 2019 at RIBA North

In the UK our image of home is often associated with Victorian or Georgian ideals. Many suburban new build homes still mirror the pitched roofs and familiar windows of these times, and ‘period features’ are often a much sought-after aspect of the most urban of dwellings. Modern architectural movements, however, don’t seem to enjoy the same synergies with ‘homeliness’.

Curated by Torsten Schmiedeknecht, this exhibition looks at how modern architecture has been portrayed in children’s picture books since 1945 and explores the potential influence of illustrations and portrayals of home, the workplace and the public realm. As future architects, clients and users of buildings, what kind of architectural worlds and ideals are children exposed to in their formative years? What impact might this have on the architecture of the future?

The exhibition will include images by illustrators Anthony Browne, Charles Keeping, Antony Maitland, Alice Melvin, Alexis Deacon, John Burningham, Edward Ardizzone, Katie Cleminson and many others.

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29 March to 31 May 2019
RIBA North - National Architecture Centre
21 Mann Island,
L3 1BP