'The best of the world’s architecture and design brought to life - events and exhibitions for everyone to enjoy.'
Running in London from 21 June to 23 September, the Showcase will give an insight into architecture and design from around the world.
The event builds on London's cosmopolitan design community and brings to life the atmosphere and character of each participating country through a varied programme of events and exhibitions. Inspired by the international focus on London for the Olympic Games, the International Showcase is an opportunity for a shared global debate about architecture and issues that are vital to cities and communities around the world.
What's going on
Highlights include exhibitions from a wide range of countries including Namibia, Serbia, South Africa, Burkina Faso, China, Hungary, Peru, Zimbabwe and Taiwan. There will also be a series of talks, debates and other events organised by the British Council and the University of Westminster on the theme of Design Diplomacy, and an exhibition examining impromptu recreation spaces which have sprung up in London and Vienna.
You can keep up to date with what's going on at the Showcase on the British Council's Back of the Envelope website.
The UK is a great place to study architecture
Did you know that innovative architecture in the UK helped secure the 2012 Olympics? Plans for massive urban regeneration of East London were a major factor in the UK's bid.
The development of major new athletics facilities, public transport and sustainable housing make the UK the ideal place for you to study architecture. Many international students are attracted by:
- Quality of courses: UK architectural training is highly regarded throughout the world
- Innovation: UK-trained architects are often asked to work high-profile projects across the world
- The combination of theoretical and artistic training
- The opportunity to come into constant contact with speakers of English - the language of international business, commerce and technology.
You can find out more about UK architecture, building and planning courses at the Education UK website.
More events, more fun!
Look out for the other events supported by the British Council and inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including