June 1 – June 30, 2016
The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. Taking place throughout June, the annual festival provokes questions about the contemporary and future life of the city, and promotes positive change to its public realm.
The city-wide programme is delivered by leading cultural and academic institutions (including the V&A, Design Museum, Serpentine Galleries, New London Architecture, the Architecture Foundation, RIBA, the Landscape Institute, CIAT and London Transport Museum) alongside associated projects by practices and individuals.
The 2016 London Festival of Architecture aims to connect with as many people as possible, in ways that demonstrate architecture’s relevance to London and its diverse communities. The community theme will explore how Londoners and visitors to the city can be active participants in its growth and evolution – from reinterpreting or redesigning familiar places and spaces through installations and animations, to testing interactive forms of consultation and planning for future development.
London Festival of Architecture director Tamsie Thomson explains:
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. 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 and retail 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.
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