Ask anyone at Domus Nova what they're most passionate about and we can safely predict that the majority of staff will answer with 'London' or 'Architecture'. With this, there's surely no better event this summer than the ever-inspiring London Festival of Architecture.
This annual, city-wide celebration of the capital’s buildings and landmarks is returning for the entire month of June with over 200 events stretching across all corners of London. Since its inception in 2004, the London Festival of Architecture has constantly engaged and excited new audiences, placing architecture firmly at the forefront of the cultural agenda. Now in its tenth anniversary year, the festival is developing its role, helping to transform the perception of architecture from a niche interest, to a vital element of the UK’s cultural, economic, social and financial framework. The festival is initiated by The Architecture Foundation, the British Council, RIBA and New London Architecture.
London Festival of Architecture chairmain Patricia Brown says: “This year’s festival has a great depth and breadth. Not only does it showcase the capital’s great architectural expertise, but also deals head on with real issues that impact all corners of our society. Architecture is the cornerstone of any city, and has a profound effect on its culture community and economy. I urge anybody that cares about the future of London to get involved in the festival and make their views heard.”
Using the theme CAPITAL, the festival invites the public to explore different facets of London: its culture, people, economy and its built environment, providing the opportunity for engaging and thought-provoking debate. Issues covered in-depth will include the housing crisis, and the rapid increase in the development of tall buildings, with events and activities designed to put these subjects firmly on the political agenda.
The London Festival of Architecture is delivered through a programme of events organised by London’s leading cultural and academic institutions – including the Royal Academy of Arts, Design Museum, V&A, Royal College of Art, Serpentine Galleries and National Trust – as well as associated projects by architects, artists, designers and curators.
Highlights of the week include a thought-provoking debate with architects, designers and young Londoners focusing on what the city is like for young people, and the steps that need to be taken to make it a more positive place to live - taking place on 12 June. The week also marks the start of a series of expert-guided tours of recently completed projects that present practical ways to reinvigorate London’s high streets.
With week two looking to be a rip-roaring success, ensure you check out the below...
Will Self: On Architecture
09 June | 19:30 - 21:00 at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Will Self is one of our foremost critical voices about London's urban character, writing with polemical force about architecture and its power to change the physical character of the city. In this talk entitled, When Liquid turns to Solid: the Spatialisation of Capital
Flows in 21st Century London, he explores the theme of capital in relation to new architecture in the city, followed by conversation with writer and journalist Andy Beckett and then takes questions from the audience.
Looking at London: Ian Martin
09 June | 18:30 - 19:45 at Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
Ian Martin is an acclaimed journalist and comedy writer with credits including The Thick of It, The Loop and Veep. As part of the Royal Academy of Arts talks, he discusses how he sees London as an outsider: "My London is a series of goat tracks that all seem to lead to Soho."
Young people, youthful places
12 June | 18:30 - 20:30 at Design Council, Angel Building, 407 St John St, London EC1V 4AB
About a quarter of London’s population is aged 19 or under, but what is the city like for young people? This discussion looks at how architects, designers, and young people themselves can make our capital a positive place to grow up.
House of Muses
06 June | 21 September at Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
House of Muses is the Museum of London’s striking architectural installation designed by Gruppe, and commissioned in partnership with The Architecture Foundation. This temporary structure aims to inspire public discussion around the future development of
the museum. It is conceived as a place for contemplation about what a museum could and should be. The public is invited to enter the structure and give their feedback on this topic.
Wallpaper*'s Architects Directory
13 – 30 June | 10am – 7pm; Sat & Sun 12pm – 5pm| King’s Cross
An exhibition featuring Wallpaper* magazine’s selected pick of new architectural talents around the world, featured in their annual Architecture Directory issue. This year, the directory features 20 practices, spanning 17 countries and four continents. The exhibition will include a bespoke ceramic installation, sponsored by leading specialist network Ceramics of Italy.
London Festival of Architecture runs from 01 June - 30 June 2014 at various London locations; lfa2012.org
Image credits as they appear:
Garden Bridge 1 + 2 ® Arup, Courtesy London Festival of Architecture 2014
Balfron Tower ® Simon Terrill, Courtesy British Council and London Festival of Architecture
Rainforest Pavilion ® Sue Barr
Concrete Wonder Stockwell Bus Garage Open Day Image 1 + 2 ® TFL
+ÿrestad 2.0 © BCVA
Darwin Centre by CF M+ © ller
Inside West Ham Bus Garage -® Malcolm McGregor
Semi Detached Holden ® TFL
2WillowRd ® DennisGilbert
Serpentine Pavilion Smiljan Radic