London Festival of Architecture is here!

London Architecture Festival

The London Festival of Architecture has kicked off for the month of June, with a whole host of activities that celebrate the capital as a hub of architectural experimentation, exploration and debate.

The annual festival, which is now in its ninth year, has grown from a 10 day stint, to a month-long programme of talks, debates and installations, all dedicated to this year’s ‘community’ theme.

The theme responds to the changing way we live and work together, with strains on the capital to cater for its ever growing population, along with growing concerns for climate change, advancing technology and record immigration. Such subjects are explored with a packed schedule of 200 events, which aim to bring the public and the city’s architects together to discuss and discover ideas and solutions.

Taking place from 1st-30th June – it’s a very diverse line-up, made up of, not only exhibitions and talks, but also cycling tours, performance sculpture and stand up comedy. Six main topics are explored through these events – Housing estate re-generation, creative workspaces, international comparators, community effort, new communities, and green communities.

Some of our top picks:

The Grow Store

The space outside New London Architecture will be transformed into an interactive urban gardening installation by The Edible Bus Stop. The garden will be a prototype for a new system where local businesses grow their own fruit and vegetables

Organised by: New London Architecture
At The Building Centre, Store Street

When: 1st-30th June

Co-working and co-living: Designing for a community

A talk hosted by the pioneers behind The Trampery – which will be London’s first co-working and co-living space. Here, panel experts discuss whether current co-sharing offices can be adapted to fit with these new community-focussed attitudes to living and working together.

Organised by: The Trampery
Where: 239 Old Street, EC1V 9EY
When: 28th June
Find out more about the event here

Papers: Festival of the art and architecture of the refugee crisis

A one day festival organised by the Architecture Foundation exploring the collective culture that has evolved amongst refugees and the design lessons that can be learnt from it.

Organised by: The Architecture Foundation with the Worldwide Tribe and Barbican
Where: The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
When: 12th June
Find out more about the Papers festival here

Open Studios

Over 50 practices across London open their doors to the public. (See the AHMM Open Studio event below).

Where: Various locations
When: 1st-30th June
Find more information about the Open Studios here 

architecture taster afternoon AHMM

Open Studio: Architecture Taster afternoon at AHMM

As part of the Open Studio event. Young people aged 15-19 interested in finding out more about becoming an architect are invited to visit Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) HQ where they can talk to architects, attend a modelshop demonstration and tour the office, amongst other activities. Architects will also be on-hand to help with personal statements and portfolios.

Organised by: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Where: Morelands, 5-23 Old Street, EC1V 9HL
When: 23rd June
Find out more about the AHMM Open Studio day here

Tour of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery

A tour of Damien Hirst’s gallery, which houses 3,000 pieces from the artist’s personal collection.

Organised by: Caruso St John Architects will lead the tour
Newport Street, SE11 6AJ

When: 27th June
Find more information about the Newport Street Gallery tour here


You can find the full festival timetable here:

*main image credit: Co-working and co-living Haworth Tompkins.

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