The London Festival of Architecture 2016 programme features over 300 events taking place across the capital from the 1 – 30 June. Exploring the theme ‘community’, the festival demonstrates architecture’s relevance to London’s needs through an amazing programme that is diverse, informative, thought-provoking and fun. Highlights of LFA 2016 week one include:
At Home in Britain: Designing the house of tomorrow (RIBA)
Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD
To 29 August
At Home in Britain re-examines how we live and speculates on the future of housing in Britain. Taking the cottage, the terraced house and the flat as a starting point and using RIBA collections as stimulus, six newly commissioned works from contemporary architecture practices Jamie Fobert Architects, Mae, Maison Edouard François, Mecanoo, Studio Weave and vPPR transform these three familiar housing types to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century.
Blueprint for Living (Sharon O’Neill)
Fitzhugh Estate, Fitzhugh Grove, Wandsworth, SW18 3SA
To 4 June, 10 am – 6 pm daily
Blueprint for Living is a group exhibition, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Fitzhugh Estate and an artistic response to photographs taken of the estate in 1956 and uncovered at the RIBA photographic archive. Contemporary photographs by Sharon O’Neill and moving image by Marc Isaacs explore concepts of home, space, community, architecture, post-war British modernism and social housing.
Listening + Doing: An exploration of contemporary council housing (Karakusevic Carson Architects)
Unit E03, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG
1 June – 30 June, Monday – Friday, 2pm – 6pm.
Throughout June, Karakusevic Carson Architects will throw open the doors of their new Bermondsey studio with an exhibition exploring contemporary housing design and the processes behind working successfully with communities. Engaging both local residents and wider stakeholders from the start of the design process, they push boundaries and raise standards to create exemplary homes and thriving neighbourhoods. On Saturday 4 June the exhibition forms the backdrop to a day of architectural story telling from the past, present and future of housing, with talks from project architects and a screening by London Metropolitan Archives of film in their collections exploring housing in 20th century London.
The Suburban House: The best or worst of all worlds? (Dulwich Picture Gallery)
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD
1 June, 10:30am – 11:30am
A lecture by Alan Powers, writer, teacher and conservationist, as part of the ‘How We Are Housed’ insight lecture series. Around 1800, a new type of house was offered by London builders, and by the 1930s ‘suburban’ had become a term of abuse; denoting self-delusion and social conservatism – a prejudice still present today. The lecture traces this history, and examines how the anti-urban dream of suburbia also influenced high-rise building.
Kathrin Böhm & Myvillages presents ‘Company’ (StudioRCA Riverlight & A- – -Z)
Unit F1, 1 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5AU
2 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
‘Company’ by Kathrin Böhm is a presentation of the ongoing project to link east London’s hop picking history of ‘going down to Kent’ with the ambition to set up a community drinks-making enterprise, constructing new collective and productive public realm. Looking at an example of community development, and their movements due to urban projects, ‘Company’ looks at reconnecting and strengthening exchanges as well as sustainable living and trade within and through social exchanges.
Elain Harwood: Bevin Court in context (Islington Museum)
Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, Islington, EC1V 4NB
2 June, 6pm – 7.30pm
Join Heritage England’s Elain Harwood for a talk at Islington Museum. Elain has a passion for post-war architecture in England, writing ‘England: A Guide to Post-war Listed Buildings’ and ‘Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945-1975’. Elain Harwood’s talk will put the architecture of Berthold Lubetkin’s Bevin Court back into the context of the post-war landscape in England.
After Belonging – A forum on Arctic negotiations (Oslo Architecture Triennale)
Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES
2 June, 6.30pm – 8pm
‘After Belonging’ invites architects to reflect upon a proposal selected through an international call for intervention strategies in the Arctic. Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes will discuss the construction of a new eco-political, Arctic governance addressing issues facing the region: the melting of the Arctic ice (Nature), the expected global shipment along the Northeast Passage (Labour), and the indigenous conception of the territory (Land).
Listening to Londoners – Community engagement in development (NLA)
New London Architecture, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT
3 June, 8.30am – 10am
Expert speaker panel, Peter Murray (chairman, New London Architecture), Dr. Rod Hackney (PPRIBA and co-founder, Kansara Hackney Ltd), Roger Madelin CBE (head, Canada Water Development, British Land), Rheanne Holm (delivery co-ordinator, Regeneration and Planning Neighbourhoods & Growth, LB Lambeth) and Jo Mccafferty (director, Levitt Bernstein) will discuss the increasing demand for measured and innovative community engagement as London continues to grow.
A Narrative of Place: Housing for a sustainable community (Proctor and Matthews Architects)
Proctor and Matthews Architects, 7 Blue Lion Place, 237 Long Lane, SE1 4PU
3 June, 5pm – 8.30pm
The exhibition ‘A Narrative of Place: Housing Solutions for a Sustainable Community’, hosted by Proctor and Matthews Architects is a comparative study of selected projects responding to the needs of varying urban densities across the UK. An open discussion will address the creation of sustainable communities, focussing on housing as one of the main catalysts. The exhibition will also draw reference to the wider factors that affect housing solutions such as evolving demographics and lifestyles, planning, regulation and land markets.
Cardboard City (The City Centre)
The City Centre, 80 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5AR
Join architects from Tate Harmer to create a new Cardboard City using recycled materials. Inspired by the real city around us and our imaginations, participants will design different types of buildings to create homes and a community – just like real architects. Discover architecture through building, cutting, sticking and thinking. Free to attend and drop in: no booking necessary. Suitable for families with children aged 4-11 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Concours d’Elegance for Considerate Cyclists (Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects)
London Nocturne, EC4M 8AD
4 June, 6.30pm – 7pm
Slow and smart – a new challenge for urban cyclists! The event invites participants to take part in the lycra-free Considerate Cyclists’ Concours d’Elegance at the London Nocturne. The Nocturne comprises a series of bike races around the City of London on a route past St Paul’s Cathedral, down Cheapside and around Guildhall. The Concours d’Elegance will award participants with the most creative dress and bike sense, and celebrate the most considerate cyclists. All bikes should be hybrid, folding or classic town bikes.
Transport Oriented Development – A community focus (Weston Williamson+Partners)
12 Valentine Place, SE1 8QH
4 June, 2pm – 5pm
Transport Oriented Development (TOD) is a concept initiated and promoted by Weston Williamson+Partners in the UK and abroad. This talk is part of a series of events involving key influencers – politicians, environmentalists, economists, developers, thinkers and writers -to discuss new ways of thinking about designing and constructing sustainable cities. Chris Williamson explains: ‘Through TOD, we at Weston Williamson are establishing a new vision for city living based on original research and our in-depth experience working on some of the greatest infrastructure projects internationally.’
New London Walking Tour – Bankside (New London Architecture)
Southwark Tube Station, 68-70 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8JZ
4 June, 2pm – 4pm
Starting at Southwark Underground Station and finishing at London Bridge Station, explore Bankside’s regeneration from Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern, through to The Shard and the more London development to the east. Our walk explores these recently developed pedestrian-priority areas which encourage exciting interactions between the cultural, business and tourist communities of this unique part of London.
Connecting the Creative Community (Jo Townshend Architects)
The Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, SE3 9RQ
5 June, 7pm – 8.30pm
Chaired by Shumi Bose, an expert panel, Robert Mull (former dean and director, The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design), Nicholas Lobo Brennan (architect, Zurich and founding director, Gruppe) and Rose Ballantyne (community engagement manager, Blackheath Halls) will discuss current issues and future visions for providing places where communities can participate, appreciate and develop in the creative arts. Each organisation will be encouraged to identify their communities and how they cater for them as well as to share some of their individual successes and challenges.
Amazing Buildings of London (Museum of London)
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
5 June, 1pm – 3.30pm
London landmarks are brought to life through stories, music and objects at this interactive 30minute storytelling session at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Working together, families are challenged to guess the iconic building from just one clue whilst scoring points to reveal a winner.
Building Healthy Communities: Hospitals and healthcare (Museum of Architecture and The Building Centre)
The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT
6 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
This panel discussion allows experts, Christopher Shaw (senior director, Medical Architecture), Oliver Marlow (co-founder and creative director, Studio Tilt), Stephanie Williamson (deputy director of development, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust), John Cooper (founding director, JCA) and Lily Jencks (founding director, Lily Jencks Studio) to examine the ways in which architects and designers are addressing the need for the built environment to provide safe, effective and high-quality places that can adapt to changing health care patterns.
Architecture on Stage: City Architects (The Barbican)
The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
6 June, 7pm
The Architecture Foundation, in association with The Barbican, presents ‘Architecture on Stage’ – a programme of talks and debates. Supported by the Norman Foster Foundation and Chaired by Ricky Burdett (professor, The London School of Economics), this event invites speakers including Kristiaan Borret (city architect, Brussels) and Seung H-Sang (city architect, Seoul) to discuss the role of a city architect and asks whether London could benefit from the creation of such a post.
Opportunity Area (Eva Sajovic, Sarah Butler, Rebecca Davies)
Elephant and Castle shopping centre, SE1 6TE
6 June, 6pm – 8pm
Three artists – Eva Sajovic, Sarah Butler and Rebecca Davies – have collaborated to create Unearthing the Elephant: a response to the imminent demolition and reconstruction of Elephant and Castle’s shopping centre. An online archive will show arts projects that have happened in and around Elephant and Castle shopping centre. An open discussion will allow invited guests to discuss the work they have made in response to the area. These guests will include artists, researchers and architects, and will take place in the belly of the Elephant – its shopping centre.
The Art of Designing Civic Spaces (Battersea Power Station Development Company)
188 Kirtling Street, London, SW8 5BN
7 June, 6pm – 8.30pm
Join speakers from the Battersea Power Station Development Company and Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to hear about their approach to creating public spaces and BIG’s designs for Malaysia Square, the new town square at the power station. The talk will explore the practice’s exciting work and civic commissions from around the world, ranging from Copenhagen’s Superkilen urban park, to Brooklyn Bridge park’s viewing platform and this summer’s stunning Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde park.
The Smallness Inside the Bigness: Changing visions on Cressingham (Degenerate Space)
Cressingham Gardens, Tulse Hill, SW2 2QF
7 June, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Degenerate Space is a site specific, theatrical and multi-media performance based on Ted Hollambys’ Cressingham Gardens Estate. It highlights the current and historical trajectory of the estate from a multitude of perspectives as the estate comes under threat of demolition. Diverging opinions in response to the demolition of the estate are symptomatic of the wider discourse currently surrounding community in London and exploring this juncture underpins Degenerate Space.