Atlas of the Unbuilt World 2013 © AgneseSanvito
Atlas of the Unbuilt World was the British Council’s 2013 international programme. Housed in the Bartlett School of Architecture in central London, the exhibition was open from the 7th to the 27th of June 2013. Bringing together 65 projects from around the globe, Atlas of the Unbuilt World encompassed future architecture projects from nearly every continent, displayed in architectural models constructed at various scales and from various materials.
Designed by Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, the exhibition was arranged on a longitude and latitude grid with models organised by country from south to north and used commonplace construction materials – scaffold poles, debris netting and printed building wrap – to allude to the progressive nature of the featured projects. Through a collaboration with international partners, the show offered a glimpse at how the built landscape is taking shape around the globe.
For this enigmatic showcase, the projects were nominated by embassies or cultural institutes in London, or architectural professionals from around the world. The projects included a UNESCO World Heritage Site Museum that has taken its cue from an excavated artefact; a utopian mass social housing project in Indonesia, and a Swedish town which will relocate its people and buildings over the next 30 years.