The annual London Festival of Architecture is now in full swing, and with over 200 events to explore across the capital it offers an amazing programme for all to enjoy. Starting on the 1st of June the festival will continue until the 30th, capturing the exciting mix of diverse and multi-layered communities. This unique festival demonstrates the huge appetite among architects, artists, developers and the public to nurture, shape and enrich the city.
Connecting with as many people as possible the festival’s main theme this year is ‘community’. With a varied line-up of exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops, installations and debates. Cycling tours and performance sculpture, family building workshops and an exploration of 21st century community centres, to architecture through the eyes of TV documentary and stand-up in the BT Tower are all taking place across the course of the month.
Highlights to still catch:
- RA LEGO Architecture Challenge: watch four architectural practices battle it out to create the greatest work of LEGO architecture, situated in the Royal Academy of Arts.
- Open Studios: over 50 practices across London open their doors to the public. Practices include Stirling Prize holders AHMM, who are hosting a taster event for aspiring young architects.
- Open Garden Estates: Architects for Social Housing hosts tours of some of the beautiful green spaces and private gardens at the heart of many London council estates.
- Man About the House: Australian comic turns architectural icons – from Erno Goldfinger’s 2 Willow Road to the BT Tower – into venues for comedy and music.
The festival also acts to focus on more serious issues, such as the pressure on housing, public services, and public space. It is providing outlets for communities to share their enthusiasm and engagement with their surroundings and the built environment. The London Festival of Architecture provides an outlet and a voice to communities, and allows people to have a say on the future of their London. Looking at housing renewal and regeneration, creative workspaces and community engagement, the festival showcases the importance of architecture to everyday life.
“Much of London’s character comes from its position as a successful and forward looking global city, forged from its mosaic of different communities. It’s so important to maintain this character, especially as London continues to grow. Architecture and architects have much to bring to this – in the physical manifestation of future developments, and by shaping conservations and processes. I am delighted that this is at the fore of a broad and exciting line-up from the London Festival of Architecture 2016. We are looking forward to welcoming people to a month of provocative, informative and entertaining events across the capital.” Patricia Brown (Chair, London Festival of Architecture).
Promoting positive change to the public realm, the city-wide programme is delivered by leading cultural and academic institutions alongside associated projects by practices and individuals. Celebrating London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate, the London Festival of Architecture runs until 30th June across various locations.