The London Festival of Architecture returns this year, bigger and better than ever, with the theme of memory, and events ranging from film screenings and talks, to workshops and guided walks. The festival kicks off this week, and is an eclectic mix of informal and child-friendly installations and formal events including some challenging debates and panel discussions. After last week's intense and colourful Clerkenwell Design Week, we hope you've rested up over the bank holiday to tackle this month of architectural celebration... Below, we've featured just a few of the great events and workshops that form the LFA this week, or that you should book onto for the coming weeks to avoid missing out. We will bring you more highlights over the next few weeks.
Daniel Libeskind, a true 'Starchitect', will be in conversation with BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenter Samira Ahmed for this discussion of his life and work thus far. After becoming a household name in 1999 with his iconic and sympathetic Jewish Museum in Berlin, Libeskind has gone from strength to strength. Don't miss this opportunity to see behind the projects, and into the personality and rationale of the man himself.
This talk looks at how retrofit can impact on the city, and the urban fabric. Questioning the way that memory can be a useful starting point for a project, using memory as a marker to bring significance and weight to a design. The talk will include architect John Robertson, and Gwyn Richards of the City of London Corporation.
This event will be formed of the screenings of two influential films, preceded by an introduction from Jonathan Meades and Owen Hatherly, both of whom are well known for their exploration of culture through the built environment. The films Get High: The Perilous Attractions of Vertigo (1994) and On the Brandwagon: The Regeneration Racket (2007) will both be shown.
Vision is an exploration of the built environment, and its surrounding trends and technologies. Held at the stunning Olympia, this is a chance to interact with professionals across the industry and to be introduced to the new products and ideas from leading companies, including talks from designers including Andy Young of BIG, who will be outlining his practice's approach in one of the Vision talks.
She Draws: She Builds is a short film based on interviews from women in architecture. The aim of this film is to highlight the passion of women within the field, and to inspire others to forge their own paths in the profession. A public discussion will follow the screening.
The annual NLA lecture will be given by the newly knighted Sir David Adjaye. He will be talking about his work and approach to urban renewal, as well as his view of London within the global market.
This talk is an incredible opportunity to hear from two architects who have been heavily influenced by the legacy of Constuctivism and the impact of the Russian Avant-Garde on design; Richard Rogers and Boris Bernaskoni. Both will be reflecting on their contemporary architectural works as part of the Design Museum's focus on the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
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