June 3rd, 2015

ING’s top ten picks for the London Festival of Architecture

The ‘red pavilion’ by TAKA, Clancy Moore Architects and Steve Larkin Architects © Ed Reeve

The London Festival of Architecture returns in 2015 for its 11th installment, this year with the theme of ‘Work in Progress.’

Delivered by the Architecture Foundation, the British Council, New London Architecture and RIBA London, the festival is also supported by the Mayor of London. The LFA highlights the key role architecture plays in social, urban and cultural development.

This year the festival has been expanded to include international associations, with the focus country of Ireland.

ING has chosen its top ten things to do and see at LFA 2015, hope to see you out there.


DEBATE: Cultivating Creative Cities
8 June | 6.30 – 8pm | Royal Academy of Arts, Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

A debate on how creative places in the city can thrive. Can policy and design encourage this, or do they have their own ‘natural lifecycles’? Panel includes Will Alsop, Munira Mirza and Alison Wilding.



TALK AND TOUR: Irish Architecture Walks + Talks London with O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
9 June | 6.30—9pm | Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics, Sheffield Street, WC2A 2AE

Irish architects and Royal Gold Medal Recipients, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, will deliver special tours of their award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the LSE, followed by a public conversation with Professor Kester Rattenbury


EXHIBITION: The Brutalist Playground. Assemble Architects
10 June—16 August | 10am—5pm | RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD

The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Turner Prize nominees Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, exploring post-war design for play. Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery at RIBA, it encourages visitors to look at the materiality and visual language of now lost Brutalist landscapes in new ways through an immersive and conceptual landscape. Although the value of Brutalist residential buildings today is much debated, this exhibition shifts the focus to the equally important playgrounds found at the feet of these structures, offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects’ original designs and intentions.



TALK: Ebbsfleet Garden City—A Work in Progress, hosted by The Architecture Foundation
16 June | 6.30—8.30pm | Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Morelands, 5—23 Old Street, EC1V 9HL

A garden city is being planned for Ebbsfleet. Ellis Woodman, Director of The Architecture Foundation, and Louise Wyman, architect and Ebbsfleet UDC Masterplanning Director, will discuss ways in which this project can engender new design processes and approaches for creating high quality and ambitious places



TALK: Get Involved! A series of panel discussions and debates on community engagement: Businesses in Communities and Vacant Buildings
16 June | 6:30—8:30pm | Sto Werkstatt, 7—9 Woodbridge Street, EC1R 0EX

An opportunity to consider how businesses can be connected within communities and neighbourhoods in which they are based, and how private and public collaboration can aid this.


TALK: The Working City—Eindhoven, New York and London
18 June 17:45 – 20:45 | London Festival of Architecture

An opportunity to look at the changing face of cities and the nature of work, with a debate on how we balance the competing needs for land use while accommodating the type of jobs, industry and infrastructure needed for a healthy, functioning city and economy.

The event will include presentations on:

The reinvention of the former Philips’ factories in Eindhoven as mixed-use neighbourhoods, blending a wide range of cultural and commercial uses with mixed income homes, leisure uses and open space; (Thom Aussems, Trudo)

Industry City, New York, where the revitalisation of 6 million square feet of 19th century workspace is carefully balancing existing manufacturing tenants with those centered on the creative and innovation economy; (Andrew Kimball, Industry City);

London’s Here East, 1.2 million square feet of commercial space for the innovative business and maker community, being fashioned out of 2012 Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre. (Gavin Poole, Here East & David Bickle, Hawkins Brown).

Followed by a panel debate, also including Fiona Fletcher Smith, Greater London Authority (GLA) and Jo Negrini, Croydon Council, and the launch of a LFA/GLA initiative to design integrated workspace and homes in London.

LFA event


DEBATE: Architecture + Art: Collaboration, Growth and Opportunity in the new Workspace of the City – John Robertson Architects
18 June | 6.30—8pm | 111 Southwark Street, SE1 0JF

David Magyar, Design Director at John Robertson Architects will offer his thoughts on how the public realm and workspaces are changing within the city as a result of collaborations between developers, architects, city planners, urban designers and artists, as well as describing how working with practicing artists has influenced the practice.



DEBATE: Rise and Fall of the Council Estate
23 June | 7—8.40pm | RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD

Against the backdrop of a growing housing crisis, RIBA hosts an evening charting the evolution of the council estate and debates the highs and lows of a century of development, innovation and shifting attitudes and asks do they have a future? Can they be adapted? How can they evolve?

Discussion chaired by Daisy Froud with Finn Williams (Common office) Andrea Klettner (Love London Council Housing), Simon Terrill (Artist, Brutalist Playground & Balfron Project), Tony McGuirk (Architect/urban designer & Former Chairman of BDP) and Paul Karakusevic (Director of Karakusevic-Carson Architects).



TALK: SelgasCano in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obricht and Julia Peyton-Jones
23 June | 14:30 | Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

José Selgas and Lucía Cano discuss their designs for the 2015 Pavilion with Serpentine Directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.



TALK: The whole-life work place
23 June | 18:00 – 20:00 | Vitra Showroom – 30 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PG

Co-working spaces have fundamentally shifted the idea of the workplace. Their success has largely been fuelled by a breed of freewheeling young creatives. But are the limits of co-working defined by age? Who says that young creative types should have a monopoly on collaboration and community? We threw the DNA of co-working spaces in the petri dish and created a place where people from each stage of working life form a productive community. Mutant typology or new development model?






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