Europe’s largest annual architecture festival, the London Festival of Architecture has announced its 2017 theme. ‘Memory’ will provide the subject - with a wide range of events and activities to be held to celebrate the city’s remarkable constructions from the past to today’s cutting edge superstructures.

“London is a city of myriad layers, each infused with memory: of people, buildings, places and experiences. London’s built environment, with memories bound up within it, is fundamental to how people experience the city,” said London Festival of Architecture Director Tamsie Thomson. “Memory is fundamental to a sense of place: something that communities cherish in the face of change, and a tool for architects and developers as they achieve change and place further layers of activity and memory on top of all the others.”

Recent developments at King’s Cross, Nine Elms and Smithfield present how memory is linked to the character of a building. Developments such as these also show to architects that they must plan future buildings with an air of caution in order to preserve the memory of London’s beloved places.

London Festival of Architecture will see design and architecture studios open their doors to the public, as well as a whole host of events and discussions on London’s architectural infrastructure. The programme will be announced next year.

1 - 30 June 2017