Mudun, Urban Cultures in Transit

AA Gallery 12/1/2018 - 10/2/2018

Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–17:00.

The exhibition Mudun, Urban Cultures in Transit presents the varying dynamics and atmospheres of urban areas in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region through ten years of research and documentation by the Dubai-based magazine, Brownbook. These distinct mudun (cities’ in Arabic) include Ankara, Baghdad, Sharjah and Tangier, as well as the diaspora in Altach, Nashville, Santiago and Södertälje.

As a whole, this region’s rapid urbanisation has resulted in heterogenous city landscapes that oscillate between deeply rooted connections to tradition and an openness to globalisation and technological progress. Because of this tension the cities of the MENA region provide the grounds for a number of paradoxes – for individual opportunity and development, conflicts and injustice, for both the establishment and for subcultures, as well as for debates about identity and participation in the urban habitat.

After a decade of documenting contemporary culture in the MENA region, the Brownbook archive now provides the input and material for the development of this joint exhibition project. The resulting collaged presentation of photographs, text, audio and film offers a thorough and authentic reflection of the region’s multifaceted urban transition since the 1960s. Burnt clay models (made by designer Xeina Malki) representing a number of public buildings in this region also speak to an architecture that was created as a symbol of its time.

Mudun, Urban Cultures in Transit is an exhibition by Brownbook and the Vitra Design Museum that is travelling to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Every House on Langland Road
Simon Phipps and Darren Umney

Front Members' Room 12/1/2018 - 10/2/2018

Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–17:00.

Every House on Langland Road is an exploration of Netherfield, a unique housing project built in the new city of Milton Keynes in the early 1970s. The houses were designed before the collapse of the post war consensus in an optimistic spirit of public housing and social mobility. They were however built under the pressures of the three day week and within the budgetary constraints of a remote central government with shifting policies. The unique length, presence and history of the Netherfield streetscape provides a backdrop against which long standing and unresolved questions around the nature of housing, and social housing in particular, are brought into focus.

The exhibition brings together a number of representations of Netherfield including original architects’ drawings and photography of the estate as it was built. Material from the archives is juxtaposed with contemporary images which reflect and expose the visual impact of the buildings, the topographical sweep of the site, and the structural aesthetics of architectural photography.

More information about the work can be found at

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Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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