The London Festival of Architecture 2016 programme features over 300 events taking place across the capital from the 1 – 30 June.
Highlights of LFA 2016 week four include:
RSH+P and LB Lewisham
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Lewisham Council and a local resident will give a talk about placemaking and the creation of a new and instant community in the heart of Lewisham High Street. A pop-up exhibition in the cafe will display concept drawings, plans and layouts and a short film showing the construction of the scheme and films made by the local people. The community can come along and ask questions about the scheme and tour the show flat.
Breaking Down Walls
A panel discussion exploring the new and different ways of approaching creative workspace in London. Bow Arts challenge the traditional studio set-up by working closely with architects, aiming to encourage communities and connections between artists and makers by the way a building or space is set up and divided. Headed by Bow Arts’ Head of Property, Michael Cubey, the panel will be made up of representatives from Delvendahl Martin and APPARATA architects, and Dr. Kerstin Sailer, a lecturer at The Bartlett, UCL.
Discover London Dock
The London Dock development is transforming a 15 acre site (formerly the head office and print works for News International) into a thriving new community with 1,800 homes, 180,000sq ft of commercial space and six acres of landscaped public realm including a major new public square. Guests will hear a talk by lead architect Andrew Taylor (Patel Taylor), see models and computer visualisations of the development and be shown the early stages of this major construction project.
Re/Making the Street
The Building Centre
To 15 July
Re/Making the Street looks at how urban residential streets are remarkably individual, rich environments that make, shape and support communities and society. Visitors will be able to walk through a scale model of Bonchurch Road, a new London street which encapsulates the complexity of our built environment. This installation is used as a platform to explore the design elements that can help make healthy, socially cohesive streets and encourage flourishing communities. The themes and issues examined are also put into a wider historical, social and design context, showing how our ideas of the street and how it works have dramatically changed over time.
Lenses on a Landscape Genius
The Building Centre/Landscape Foundation
To 29 July
Lenses on a Landscape Genius brings together leading photographers to explore and celebrate the work of renowned landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. This unique exhibition is curated as part of the year-long Capability Brown Festival, which marks 300 years since his birth. The exhibition and associated event programme explores Brown’s extensive landscapes and management systems which were created using 18th century tools. It reveals the mathematics, engineering, science and artistic skill that went into a commission, and find out how the work is as relevant today as it was 300 years ago.
Architecture, Partnership and Animals
St James, Vauxhall City Farm and London Borough of Lambeth have worked in partnership to deliver new and improved facilities for Vauxhall City Farm – London’s most centrally located farm – in addition to creating eight new family sized council homes. To mark the project’s completion, join members of the St James development team for a walking tour and presentation of the journey – from consultation to planning and delivery at Vauxhall City Farm. The tour and presentation will explore why it is important to support local community organisations like Vauxhall City Farm, and the positive role that both outdoor and educational spaces have to create thriving communities.
British Council with Atomik Architecture
23 June – 23 September
City Nomads is an exhibition of contemporary Kazakh creative talents emerging in an era of new found independence. The projects brought together embody a shared desire to search for a new identity through an investigation of pre-Soviet Kazakh nomadic roots; each reflecting how the city has been shaped and is continued to be shaped by this cultural heritage. The exhibition will present work from visual artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, industrial designers, musicians, filmmakers, architects and urbanists all born from or illustrate the city of Almaty.
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
The House is a specially commissioned spectacle marking the 400th anniversary of The Queen’s House, and its forthcoming reopening this year that will feature dance, digital projection, music, narration and pyrotechnics. The production will bring together the talents of BAFTA award-winning video artist Tal Rosner, Olivier Award winner Sharon D. Clarke, multi award-winning composer Dan Jones, boundary breaking Avant Garde Dance, and German outdoor theatre company Pan. Optikum, in a mythic contemplation of the rise and fall of civilisations inspired by Britain’s first classical building and its architect Inigo Jones.
Royal Albert Dock ABP Visit
The model and drawings for London’s next business district will be available to explore at the ABP marketing suite. Patrick Hurley, Sales Manager at ABP, will share ABP’s vision for the new business district, while Conor Daly, Project Leader for Royal Albert Dock at Farrells, will provide detailed project insights and will be available for a Q&A session on the design of the scheme.
Pollard Thomas Edwards Open Studio and Boat Trips
Pollard Thomas Edwards
Pollard Thomas Edwards will collaborate with neighbouring practices and the RIBA to create a collaborative community of architects and designers in Islington, Old Street and Clerkenwell. Participants will be guided around the streets of East London from practice to practice. A floating cinema at PTE’s canal side offices will be a highlight of the day, offering a unique opportunity for the community to engage, collaborate, learn and inspire.
Architects Pride Breakfast
Guy Piper Architects and Goodfellow Communications
As London celebrates Pride on Saturday 25 June, the Architects Pride Breakfast hosted by the RIBA will see the launch of Architecture LGBT+ as a new support and social network for LGBT architects.
The Architects Pride Breakfast is an informal event, and an opportunity for LGBT architects and their friends to gather, eat and drink before the London Pride parade sets off from Portland Place. The event will feature a Q&A discussion chaired by Evan Davis (BBC Newsnight) with Tom Copley (GLA) and Jane Duncan (RIBA), exploring diversity within the architecture profession and how LGBT representation and support can be improved.
Archio Plantotype Workshop
Archio are inviting people of all ages to join them at their Dalston office to design and model compact planters that will be chosen to be manufactured and placed in public spaces near the office. Members of the Archio team will be on hand to work through ideas for the planters, discussing the best way to build exciting, beautiful and buildable designs. With a focus on the design process and bringing people together, this guerrilla gardening is set to brighten up forgotten corners and pavements of the local neighbourhood.
Feilden Fowles Raise the Roof
Two charities – Oasis Hub Waterloo and Jamie’s Farm – are in the process of transforming a strip of unused land adjacent to Archbishop’s Park into a flourishing urban farm. Creating opportunities for interacting with farm animals, growing food and learning more about the environment, the project will become an exciting asset for local schools and the wider community. Building Design Young Architect of the Year 2016 winners Feilden Fowles have worked closely with both charities to design the farm site and buildings and will also be re-locating their own studio to the site, creating a new sustainable community where each operates independently in a mutually beneficial collaboration.
Build Yourself Better
Instead of visiting your GP, check-in for a personalised consultation with an architect to discuss how the built environment can harm your health. Unpick questions, ideas or problems face-to-face and examine the role architecture plays in your wellbeing. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room, architects from practices such as Foster and Partners, Assemble and Architype will be on hand to aid your recovery. Whether your interest lies in planning, processes or materials, take away an architectural prescription for a healthier future.
Family Fun Day @ The Milkshake Tree
‘Sensory Garden’ is a family event space that promotes experimental environments that help to stimulate, heal and support growth. Discussions, consultations, specialist talks and interactive features, alongside workshops, will show how to provide and encourage a more interactive and collaborative design consultation process. The installation will also feature a timber screen, which becomes a giant xylophone for the children to play with and sections of the cladding will be reflective so families can observe and record their movements.
Bedford House Open Studios
David Kohn Architects, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Cousins & Cousins Architects
David Kohn Architects, Cousins & Cousins Architects and Niall McLaughlin Architects will open their new studios on Camden High Street on Saturday 25 June. The open studio event offers a unique opportunity to explore the workspaces of different practices working alongside each other in the same building, opened in 2015.
Concrete at a Crossroads
British Film Institute
With an introduction from Joseph Watson, London Creative Director of the National Trust, Britain’s post-war townscapes will be explored in three films featuring Basil Spence, Patrick Nuttgens and Jonathan Meades.
Tour of a Modern Icon
Caruso St John, the architects behind Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, are offering two guided tours of the gallery. The tour is set to take place on Monday 27 June at 3pm until 4pm and 4.30pm until 5.30pm.
Architecture – You Ask The Questions
Royal Academy of Arts
Chaired by BBC journalist Razia Iqbal, a panel of high profile architects, politicians and opinion formers will answer questions posed by a public audience and discuss the strengths and limitations of London’s current architectural climate. Speakers include Stella Creasy (MP for Walthamstow), Asif Khan (Asif Khan), Sarah Sands (Evening Standard), Amanda Levete (AL_A) and David Twohig (Battersea Power Station Development Company).
Future of Crowdsourcing
GLA Regeneration Team
Can crowdfunding better connect City Hall with London communities? Join the Greater London Authority and Centre for London for a panel discussion on the future of crowdfunding and civic participation in London. Recently, the GLA Regeneration team and the Mayor of London have engaged with crowdfunding platform Spacehive to directly pledge money to citizen-led urban regeneration projects including the Peckham Coal Line and Good Food Catford. We will use the lessons learned to continue to push for a pioneering new relationship between City Hall and Londoners that realises the creativity and enterprise of local communities and businesses.
JW3 will host a panel discussion chaired by Ziona Strelitz considering the relationship between community and architecture using its building, designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland, as a starting point. Architect Alex Lifschutz, JW3 CEO Raymond Simonson and journalist Owen Hartherley will discuss the design process of the new JW3 home, the ways in which loose and conceptual understandings of a Jewish community were translated into a built architecture, and how the built environment can work for the multitude of communities who inhabit it.
Homes and Land
New Garden Cities Alliance
New Garden Cities Alliance will host a panel discussion on separating land and property, debating how to build a place that is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. Panellists include Lord Glasman (House of Lords), Trudi Elliott (RTPI), Shann Turnbull (Institute for Self Governance), Alastair Parvin (Wikihouse), Jennifer Line (Building and Social Housing Foundation), Nicholas Boys Smith, (CreateStreets), Alice Martin, (NEF) and Deborah Garvie (Shelter).
BedZed Breakfast – Creating Community With Sustainable Design Bioregional
Hear Bioregional’s co-founders explain how the design of this pioneering eco-village in south London has fostered a strong sense of community as well as helping protect the planet. BedZED is the UK’s first large-scale, mixed-use sustainable community and an inspiration for low-carbon, environmentally friendly housing developments around the world. This breakfast session will comprise a short talk about the history of BedZED from Bioregional co-founders Sue Riddlestone OBE and Pooran Desai OBE, HonFRIBA, followed by a question and answer session and short tour around the eco-village.
Sculpture in the City
City of London Corporation
From 28 June
Experimenting with the architecture, history, light and open spaces of the City of London, this open-air exhibition is set to bring a new view to the Square Mile. This year’s edition will see large-scale works by artists such as Sarah Lucas, William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx, Sir Anthony Caro, Gavin Turk, Jaume Plensa and Mat Collishaw gracing a range of public spaces from open squares to more discreet locations. Placed in and around some of the City’s best loved architectural sites, the works are selected to bring new meaning and perspective to one of the Capitals oldest working districts, and a unique destination in London.
‘Tomorrow’s Thinking’ brings together three talks on research and recent projects which engage with the changing trends and patterns in how we live and work. The event will address how the physical fabric of buildings and spaces can change to respond to continuously evolving requirements. Although impossible to pre-empt the future, discussion and thinking about these issues is essential. Guest speakers Robert Adam (Director, ADAM Architecture), James Engel (Director, Spaced Out Ltd), Jamie Collins (Architectural Technologist, FaulknerBrowns Architects) will each host a talk followed by a panel discussion including a question and answer session.
Knock’d ‘em in the Old Kent Road
The Old Kent Road is often referred to as the cheapest street on the Monopoly Board. Now it has been declared an opportunity area! But for whom and for what? The Peckham weeklies together with Old Kent Road People, local residents, businesses, the CASS, UCL and LSE are hosting this a series of 5 minute provocations and recent studies of the OKR. As many people as possible will be brought together to form a spontaneous kazoo choir that will perform the classic music hall song “Knock’d ‘em in the Old Kent Road’.
#CrowdfundLDN – Pitches and Pledges
The Peckham Coal Line project will see the creation of an urban park on disused railway coal sidings, forming a natural, physical and social link between two high streets. Peckham has a heritage of grassroots activism influencing planning projects and turning disused spaces into cultural destinations, and the Peckham Coal Line campaign is one part of this tradition. Come along to hear about the group’s experience running a crowdfunding campaign, working with the Mayor’s regeneration team and building unexpected new connections in the local community and beyond.
Dreamers or Builders?
Rebecca Davies and the Oasis Social Club
Artist Rebecca Davies and The Oasis Social Club will host a panel discussion, screenings and performance looking at participatory arts practice and how it is used and/or abused in the shaping of our cities. Davies’ London alter ego, Mavis Davis, together with The Tabards, will lead the night. Mavis is based on a real Hackney resident; a warm, welcoming woman with stories from being a bar lady in the area for 40 years. Davies’ characters draw on the Mavis Davis in every UK community, women who are funny and instrumental in bringing people together and are not to be messed with! The evening will also be accompanied by bingo, beer and Wigan Salad.
ICOMOS-UK Summer Talk Season: Communities of Craftspeople
The teaching of traditional building crafts is integral both to the survival of historic and vernacular buildings and to the preservation of valued skills and knowledge, which are a form of intangible cultural heritage in their own right. Professor Trevor Marchand has worked with communities of craftspeople across the globe, including Minaret builders in Yemen, mud-builders in Mali and woodworkers in the UK. Marchand will talk about his work with these diverse groups and his research into how craft skills are passed down from expert to novice.
The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London?
Somerset House Trust and Fourthland
The Storm is a participatory performance by Fourthland in collaboration with UCL Urban Labs that weaves together various narratives of regeneration, urban planning and grass-roots movements across London. The Storm explores the stages of change throughout the city whilst questioning how we act collectively in response to the increasing privatisation of public spaces and the sanitization of interaction. Reflecting on notions of utopia as a method rather than a distant goal, The Storm seeks to create a new atmosphere for conversing and questioning across disciplines.
Transport as Architecture: Ballard to Banham
British Film Institute
With an introduction from director Harley Cokeliss and journalist Paul Morley, this Ballard double-bill sees JG Ballard deconstruct the beauty/menace of a motorised society in his short BBC documentary ‘Crash,’ before piling into a hatchback with Paul Morley to ruminate on the poetics of motorways. These shorts are followed by Reyner Banham’s 1972 tribute to the LA freeway in ‘Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles’.
NLA Annual Lecture – Assemble
2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble, a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design, will give NLA Annual Lecture in 2016, also forming the Keynote lecture of the London Festival of Architecture. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work. Paloma Strelitz and James Binning from the studio will talk about Assemble’s work, with a focus on London.