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“For several years now,” explain Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg of Space Popular, “we’ve been thinking about the coming of the virtual and how one would make that part of the job of an architect.” The London-based pair respond to this impending future by imagining architecture for an augmented world.

In 2020, Fredrik Hellberg and Lara Lesmes (pictured above) of Space Popular mounted a VR-enhanced exhibition at London’s RIBA, dubbed “Freestyle.” PHOTO: Francis Ware

These ruminations have manifested across a number of installations and immersive online realms, from 2020’s “Freestyle” at the RIBA (a VR-enhanced historical study of the many links between mass media and British architecture) to a number of screen-based...

How London’s Space Popular Mines Architecture’s Potential — Both IRL and URL

Through virtual environments and physical spaces, Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg make architecture for an augmented world.

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