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Architecture across Realities: Virtual reality as a tool

18 September 14:30 - 21:00
Organized by: Sto Werkstatt
Venue: , Sto Werkstatt
7-9 Woodbridge Street

Join us to experience and discuss the exciting future of architecture across realities in this VR Experience, followed by a panel discussion at Sto Werkstatt. This event marks the unveiling of a further virtual dimension to the current installation ‘The Glass Chain’ by emerging architecture and research practice SPACE POPULAR.


VR Experience: 2:00-6:30pm 

To guarantee a place we advise booking a time slot.


Panel Discussion: Architecture across realities, 6:30-8:30 pm

Limited capacity, booking essential: rsvp.werkstatt@sto.com


In ‘The Glass Chain’ SPACE POPULAR explore the possibilities of glass in architecture and among the richly interwoven narratives that have informed the installation, lies a proposition: Like the liquid crystals found in our glass mobile phone screens or the displays in Virtual Reality headsets, could the thin digitally printed layer of ceramic ink on the back of a glass facade panel be considered virtual content?


Taking this as a departure point, the panel discussion chaired by JAMES TAYLOR-FOSTER (Editor-at-Large at ArchDaily), will speculate on the potentials of designing and experiencing architecture across real and virtual domains, and the effects this could have on design methodologies and practice in future.

Still in its infancy, an exciting aspect of VR technologies is its interdisciplinary application with practitioners exploring its potentials across medicine, gaming, architecture and art, to name a few. In our approach to this panel, we have embraced this cross-disciplinary attitude, inviting speakers from a spectrum of backgrounds to reconsider what the design criteria for a virtual architecture may be.


Panelists include:

LARA LESMES and FREDRIK HELLBERG (Co-Directors of SPACE POPULAR, Architecture and Research Practice and unit master of research unit ‘Tools for Architecture’ at the Architectural Association)

BEN VICKERS (Chief Technology Officer at the Serpentine Galleries and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery)

KATHARINE VEGA (artist and researcher at chroma.space)


This event coincides with the Sto Werkstatt exhibition ‘The Glass Chain’, by SPACE POPULAR and takes place during London Design Festival.