10×10 Press Release

CITY OF LONDON

On the 1st of December original drawings of the Square Mile by 100 prominent architects and artists will be auctioned at Argent’s stunning German Gymnasium, part of the new Kings Cross Development. The drawings were produced for “10×10 – Drawing the City” and form a unique showcase of British architectural heritage. All proceeds are in aid of built environment charity Article 25 and will raise crucial funds to allow improvement to the built environment in developing countries.

Contributors such as Lord Norman Foster, Norman Ackroyd, Steve Edge and several ex-RIBA presidents, each allocated one 160m2 square in a 10×10 grid covering the Square Mile, took to the pavements of London to produce a truly distinctive and dynamic collection. The resulting works highlight some of the most beautiful aspects of the city as well as the hidden and forgotten details that are regularly overlooked. This project is a unique concept, with the designers of the City collaborating during one weekend and turning their gaze back to the built environment they helped to create as well as providing a commentary and critique on the constantly changing landscape of central London.

Initiated by architects Tim Makower and Stephen Taylor and supported by Argent and Sotheby’s, 10×10 is set to become an annual and international event. Proceeds from this event will support the built environment charity Article 25’s ongoing projects including a school building in Burkina Faso and media centre in Nigeria.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has endorsed the event, saying: “Article 25′s work to design and build shelter for people affected by natural disasters is a very welcome initiative. This latest project is a fascinating idea with some of the biggest names in architecture creating a unique snapshot of London’s landscape. I hope its focus on the City of London will encourage those working there to dig deep to raise as much money as possible in support of hard hit communities around the world.”