This city-wide celebration of architecture will pay homage to our diverse communities through a dynamic array of events throughout June.
It’s safe to say that London has a vast variety of buildings – from landmarks such as Somerset House dating back to the 18th century which help to provide an insight into our history, to the contemporary structures such as The Olympic Park that give a more clean and clinical feeling to our surroundings.
The 2016 London Festival of Architecture will explore these quaint, unusual and sometimes unconventional buildings and structures under the theme of community, seeking to discover the way that architecture both develops and impacts of community within the city. This theme looks at the way Londoners and tourist contribute to the cities evolving structural landscape and how familiar space can be redesigned through a series of installations and animations, as well as testing interactive forms of consultation and planning for future developments.
“Community is at the heart of successful development in London, and the London Festival of Architecture 2016 is a fantastic opportunity for many different people and organisations to come together and demonstrate architecture’s relevance to London’s diverse communities,” says London Festival of Architecture director Tamsie Thomson.
The festival will feature a range of highlights including an interactive urban gardening installation named the Grow Store designed by The Edible Bus Stop at New London Architecture of Store Street. Another installation titled Constructing Communities will also be on display at RIBA. Guests will also be invited to take part in a succession of talks, from asking general questions on architectural practice to a talk on community centres hosted by Coin Street Community Builders at the Oxo Tower.
“We will be posing challenging questions in lively and interesting ways. How, for example, can communities genuinely be placed at the heart of responses to London’s housing crisis? How should commercial development adapt to fluid workforces, co-working and other new ways of working? What is the role of leisure in enriching communities through new urban development? The 2016 Festival will be an exciting opportunity to explore how people and communities can address those issues together.”