‘Lived In Architecture: Becontree at 100’

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Now open at RIBA is the exhibition Lived in Architecture: Becontree at 100. Created by artist Verity-Jane Keefe, the exhibition marks the centenary of the Becontree Estate in East London.

Reflecting on the contemporary architectural reality of the estate, once the largest example of social housing in Europe, Keefe has created a new film and a series of spatial and decorative details found in the area, capturing the essence of Becontree and its residents today.

The new artwork by Keefe is presented alongside 33 objects from the RIBA Collections, with the juxtaposition highlighting how adaptions, extensions and home improvements by Becontree residents follow the same trajectory we see throughout history – that architecture is never finished, but ever-evolving and reflective of broader changes in society.

The exhibition runs until 12 February 2022 at RIBA’s London Building (Portland Place) and is free to visit. Lived in Architecture: Becontree at 100 is a co-commission between RIBA and Create and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.