The London Festival of Architecture launches this weekend, celebrating the theme of ‘boundaries’. This year’s programme of more than 400 exceptional events features tours, architectural installations, workshops and more, taking places across the city throughout June. We’ve selected our 10 highlights of what not to miss during #LFA2019:
1-30 June: Studio Lates
LFA’s Studio Lates present a rare opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at some of London’s most exciting architectural practices. Visit WILKINSONEYRE on 7 June, or try a SLICE IN THE LIFE OF SPPARC on 14 June. On 21 June, explore Shoreditch and drop-in at MORRIS+COMPANY, celebrate Studioshaw’s LAUNCH OF BREWDIOSHAW, and enjoy MIDSOMMAR AT WHITE ARKITEKTER.
5-9 June: FROM BOUNDARIES TO BELVEDERES EXHIBITION
Over a 30 year exploration of neighbourhood design and identity, Proctor and Matthews has developed a nuanced approach to the roles of boundaries in placemaking, to be shared and celebrated in this new exhibition. Join the practice for an accompanying evening symposium on 6 June, 6-9pm.
6 June: FEEDING THE CITY: WHAT IS GOOD FOOD?
Food plays a vital part in London’s social and economic structure, affecting health, wellbeing, prosperity and the environment. Join Morris+Company for a cross-disciplinary panel discussion on both the importance of food in a modern approach to designing cities, and the methods that could be used to achieve this.
13-14 June: BODIES IN URBAN SPACES
Part of the City of London Corporation’s ‘Fantastic Feats: The Building of London’ summer programme, choreographer Willi Dorner is bringing this immersive performance to the City, in which dancers and free runners will make their way from Liverpool Street to the Barbican. Also part of Fantastic Feats is ‘Volo: dreams of Flight’, a unique virtual reality experience taking place across the City from 18-22 June. View the full programme HERE.
13 June: TEMPORARILY HOME
With homelessness in the UK on the rise, Morris+Company is hosting this panel discussion to question what constitutes the key driving factors for temporary housing in London today. The practice will be joined by a range of leading industry professionals, charities, policy makers, developers and designers to discuss the importance of a ‘Housing First’ strategy.
18-30 June: LIMINAL
Liminal is a fascinating and engaging installation, commissioned by the City of London Corporation, by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress. The installation on Riverside Walk aims to encourage greater public interaction with the River Thames, seen by many as London’s biggest physical boundary.
19 June: THAMES CONNECTIONS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Hosted by Illuminated River architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, enjoy this lively debate to celebrate, investigate and analyse our connections to the Thames and its crossings – past, present and future. This talk aims to celebrate the river and its evolving role in shaping London.
24 June: LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS IN LONDON
Inspired by the classic postmodern text by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour, this event set in London’s Hippodrome Casino promises to be an evening of symbolism, ornament and excess, featuring talks, performances and films that will explore the boundaries of taste in London’s aesthetics and architecture.
26 June: BRUTAL: THE BATTLE TO SAVE SIRIUS
In 2016, the New South Wales government ignored advice from its own Heritage Council and refused calls to list the iconic Brutalist building, Sirius, which now faces the threat of demolition. Join Tim Ross, member of the Save Our Sirius Foundation, for a talk on the building’s fascinating story, the loss it would represent to Australia’s legacy of forward-thinking design and the spirited battle to save it.
27 June: MAN ABOUT GASHOLDERS LONDON BY WILKINSONEYRE
Join Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst for their sell-out show which skilfully blends comedy, storytelling, music and design, set in the iconic Gasholders building, recently restored and developed by WilkinsonEyre. Tickets are now sold-out but you can join the waitlist at TICKETS@THEMANABOUTTHEHOUSE.NET.