London Festival of Architecture is a month-long festival with a number of events that occur each year throughout London. This year the festival ran from 1 st June until 30 th June to celebrate architectural experimentation with hundreds of events exploring ‘memory’.
The festival is made up of public projects as well as a selection of events from leading cultural and academic institutions. The festival used to only occur every two years in Clerkenwell but has now expanded to an annual celebration that attracts thousands of visitors and hundreds of events.
The festival was created in 2004 to celebrate London as a global architectural hub, ask questions about the life of the city and to promote positive change to its public realm.
Throughout the month of June this year many events took place including installations, exhibitions, walks and tours. Some of these events were held by partners of the London Festival of Architecture with over 4,500 partnerships overall since the festival was created.
A range of talks occurred with a variety of architects and designers who spoke about how memory plays a part in their work. One of the highly suggested talks to listen to was ‘Face to Face with Memory’ with Kengo Kuma and Stuart Wood. Kengo Kuma is a well-known Japanese architect who discussed the role of memory in his work and research. He was joined by Stuart Wood from Heatherwick Studio who spoke about the theme of memory and how it helped to create some of their most innovative designs. Heatherwick Studio have worked on some incredible designs including the latest London buses designed for passenger ease and accessibility. Find out more about Heatherwick Studio and their incredible designs here.
Walking tours took place between 16 th and 30 th June around the historical sites of Silvertown that are going to be completely transformed in the next few years. These tours allowed those involved to see the derelict Millennium Mills before its redevelopment. Throughout this time a number of practices including Architecture for London, B + C Architects and You & Me Architecture presented their shortlisted designs for a new workspace below a flyover in Silvertown. Find out more about the Silvertown redevelopment here.
A fun event took place at Fitzroy Square, The Great Architectural Bake-Off , including architect practices; Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, Amanda Levete Architects and Wilkinson Eyre to name a few. The challenge for this was to create some of the world’s most iconic buildings out of cake. View the winning cake, created by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners who designed and made a gingerbread interpretation of their design for the former bullring Arenas de Barcelona .
Some events are still running in London including a Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt Exhibition at the Zaha Hadid Gallery. If you are interested in finding out more about the events that are taking place in London throughout the next few months focusing on architecture and the theme of ‘memory’ then click here .