The annual London Festival of Architecture (LFA) opened yesterday, Monday 1st June, for its month-long, city-wide celebration of the capital’s architectural landscape. There’s an amazing programme of over 240 events all over London including exhibitions, installations, films, debates, displays, talks and tours about architecture in all its many and varied forms.
For the first time the LFA will have a Focus Country – Ireland. As part of Irish Design 2015, a year-long international celebration of Irish Design, Ireland have created a programme for LFA that includes workshops and events across the city, including an instalment of ‘New Horizon’, a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design and the installation of two pavilions in Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross.
The London Festival of Architecture has loads on across the capital all month, click here to see the full programme, from walking tours in the Olympic Park to talks on the forgotten spaces of Walthamstow, from tree/office spaces in Hoxton to debates on the rise and fall of council estates.
1st – 30th June
TREExOFFICE is a project by Australian American artist Natalie Jeremijenko in collaboration with artists Shuster + Moseley, architects Tate Harmer and briefing architects Gensler. In the canopy of an urban tree, TREExOFFICE offers an alternative to the conventional working space and economy. Acting as its own landlord, the tree offers sanctuary, a power supply, and free wifi amongst the bustle of East London.The workspace is owned and operated by the tree itself, with revenues made being reinvested into Hackney’s parks.
The opening of the TREExOFFICE has been delayed due to some technical construction difficulties and the weather over the weekend but they hope to have it finished by the middle of this week and are taking bookings from the 8th June.
Giant Dolls House Project – SHOEBOX for SHELTER
1st – 10th June
Shelter Café, Old Street
There will be a Giant Dolls’ House project installation in the Shelter Café in the housing and homelessness charity Shelter’s HQ in Old Street. Each participant in the project is invited to make an individual dolls’ house-room of any function in an empty shoebox. The completed boxes are assembled onto a large black canvas and connected to each other with ramps, ropes and ladders to form one large sprawling series of spaces.
Talks and Debates Picks
Talk – Accident or Artifice? Designing a Capital from Wren to Abercrombie
The Annual Wren Talk
St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU
Talk – Why keep work in the office when we have the city?
Aldgate House, 33 Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AH
Debate – Rise and Fall of the Council Estate
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD