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Building Beyond Buildings Exhibition AIBC Gallery

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The exhibition design began with a desire to pay tribute to Bing Thom, our firm’s founder, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. We had many staff gatherings in our studio to discuss how this could manifest. Our goal swiftly became clear: this exhibition should be a celebration marking the design journey we embarked on together. More than this, we have crafted the show as an expression of gratitude for the personal and social values that Bing instilled in our practice. These same values will carry our firm forward.

Our exhibition title ‘Building Beyond Buildings’ is derived directly from an expression Bing would use to describe architecture’s potential to transcend mere construction, its capability to enlighten its users and their surrounding communities. This exhibition is more than a tribute, however, as it also charts a purposeful path into the future of cities. The drawings, models, renderings, and texts gathered here intimate our design process both for completed buildings and those at earlier stages of conception and refinement. The projects selected here have been loosely grouped by typology rather than a true chronology. Woven through the exhibition are two lines of inquiry BTA explores that ultimately inform the entire design process, that of Cultural Sustainability and Material Assembly.

Building Beyond Buildings Exhibition

AIBC Gallery

The exhibition design began with a desire to pay tribute to Bing Thom, our firm’s founder, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. We had many staff gatherings in our studio to discuss how this could manifest. Our goal swiftly became clear: this exhibition should be a celebration marking the design journey we embarked on together. More than this, we have crafted the show as an expression of gratitude for the personal and social values that Bing instilled in our practice. These same values will carry our firm forward.

Our exhibition title ‘Building Beyond Buildings’ is derived directly from an expression Bing would use to describe architecture’s potential to transcend mere construction, its capability to enlighten its users and their surrounding communities. This exhibition is more than a tribute, however, as it also charts a purposeful path into the future of cities. The drawings, models, renderings, and texts gathered here intimate our design process both for completed buildings and those at earlier stages of conception and refinement. The projects selected here have been loosely grouped by typology rather than a true chronology. Woven through the exhibition are two lines of inquiry BTA explores that ultimately inform the entire design process, that of Cultural Sustainability and Material Assembly.