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London Festival of Architecture Highlights

London Festival of Architecture is on! London Design Agenda takes a tour trough the city-wide celebration of architectural experimentation and will show you the Highlights for this year Festival.

‘Work in Progress’ is this years theme for the annual London Festival of Architecture, a month-long celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice, will take place at venues across the capital from 1st to the 30th of June.

The 2015 festival will also feature an expanded international programme which includes the Serpentine’s 15th annual summer pavilion designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano and the introduction of an international Focus Country – Ireland – presented in partnership with Irish Design 2015, a year long international celebration of Irish Design, and the British Council.

A programme of workshops and events will extend to various areas of the festival and London Design Agenda has selected the highlights for this year.

Exhibition: Summer Exhibition 2015
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly
June 8–August 16

London Festival of Architecture. Summer Exhibition 2015. Royal Academy of Arts.1

London Festival of Architecture. Summer Exhibition 2015. Royal Academy of Arts

The world’s largest open-submission show of contemporary art and architecture, the RAA’s Summer Exhibition celebrates its 247th year with an installation that honors established names and newcomers alike.

Workshop: “Shooting and Sharing Architecture: How to Get the Best from Your Camera Phone”
Architectural Association School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square
June 4, 7–9 p.m.

For those looking for tips and tricks to take their architecturally inclined Instagram to the next level, this workshop hosted by the Architectural Association Night School will teach the basics of shooting buildings old and new.

Talk: The Architectural Model: THEN AND NOW
Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS, WC2A 3BP
10 JUNE, 6:30 p.m.

London Festival of Architecture. The Architectural Model. Then and Now Tivoli.1
The role of architectural models, how they were used as an essential tool during Soane’s time and how they still perform a crucial role in the design process today and also to celebrate the reopening of Soane’s famed Model Room for the first time in 160 years.

Talk: “New Now Next”
Design Museum, Shad Thames
June 16, 7–9:30 p.m

London Festival of Architecture. New Now Next. Design Museum

Now and Then, Photos by Alice Clancy

London Festival of Architecture. New Now Next. Design Museum

The festival has designated Ireland as its 2015 International Focus Country, and architects including Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin, and Hall McKnight have collaborated on two temporary structures in King’s Cross. “New Now Next” gathers the aforementioned group for a discussion about the future of the Ireland’s architectural landscape.

Talk: “Is Work Killing Us? Innovative Ideas in Workspace Design”
Roca Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road
June 17, 6:30–9 p.m.

London Festival of Architecture. Is working killing us. Rocca Gallery

Taking place at the Zaha Hadid–designed Roca Gallery in South London, this panel by Jeremy Myerson, Sevil Peach, and Bjarke Ingels will address the future of work space design and how to optimize productivity and well-being. The talk is sponsored by the Museum of London and The Guardian.


Talk: “Work in a Cold Climate: Designing for the Most Extreme Place on Earth”
The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47–58 Bastwick Street
June 18, 7–8.30 p.m.

London Festival of Architecture. Work in a Cold Climate. The institute of structural engenering.2

A panel discussion brings together the design and construction team behind the Halley V1 Research Station in Antarctica, one of the world’s most remote (and chilly) research outposts.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
01 April – 19 July

London Festival of Architecture. All of this belongs to you. victoria and Albert.1

The exhibition will act as a laboratory for public life and explore the role of design and architecture in defining civic identity, technology, security, citizenship, democracy, the public realm and urban experience.

Talk: Selgas Cano in Conversation 
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
June 23, 1:30–2:30 p.m

London Festival of Architecture. Selgas Cano. Serpentine Gallery.1

José Selgas and Lucía Cano, the Spanish architects behind this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, join museum directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist to discuss their colorful design.

Exhibition: World Architecture Festival—UK Showcase
University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road
June 24–27

London Festival of Architecture. World Architecture Festival London.1

The World Architecture Festival pops up at the London event with a four-day exhibition of the international buildings and interiors that have been named WAF 2015 finalists.

Film: Architecture on Film: The Machine Stops + Fortress of Solitude
Cinema 1, The Barbican Centre, Silk Street
June 23, 6:30 p.m.

The Architecture Foundation presents two films that explore the mechanized home: The Machine Stops, a 1966 work by Philip Saville that dramatizes E. M. Forster’s short story of the same name, and Fortress of Solitude, a short documentary by the design research firm Space Caviar that considers the future of the home.

Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
June 29, 6:00 pm

London Festival of Architecture. Thomas Heatherwick. talk.1

New London Architecture Annual Lecture will hear from Thomas Heatherwick on his work and influence on public spaces in cities, including proposals for the Garden Bridge in London and Pier 55 in New York.

For more information visit londonfestivalofarchitectrue.org and architecturediary.o

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