Three great debates on London Architecture Festival

London Architecture Festival

Three great debates on Architecture. Today we want to talk about the London Architecture Festival, beacause it starts today and ends on 30th of June. A month, therefore, dedicated to architecture in all its forms. First of all, this Festival takes place across London and has an amazing programme of events and activities. But there is a special reason that lead us to talk about it: this is not a simple festival of exhibitions, it is a place where people can talk and discuss about the main themes of architecture. As a result you can assist to a real Agora!

What makes it unique is that the vast programme of more than 400 exceptional events is delivered by a diverse mix of independent organisations and individuals. As a result there is a strong will to democratise the debate about architecture and our city.The theme for this year’s festival is ‘boundaries’. So we have chosen three great debates you won’t miss. Let’s discover it together!

1.Learning from Las Vegas in London

Learning from Las Vegas

The first of the three great debate, that captured our attention is this interesting conversation, that takes place from classic postmodern text, by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. Where? So you can find it at London’s Hippodrome Casino. What? Learning from Las Vegas In London presents an evening of symbolism, ornament and excess. This event will therefore unravel the boundaries of taste, set in the heart of the capital, featuring talks, performances and films that will explore the book’s legacy and London’s aesthetics and architecture.

Key curators, architects, designers and academics will examine our love affair with postmodernism and its origins in a city, that has certainly become an international symbol of extravagance. We love this first one of the three great debates on architecture!

2.Negroni talks_Borderlands

2.Negroni talks_Borderlands

The second of the three great debates, that captured our attention is an interesting reunion of strangers, that talks about architecture. Where? So at Ombra, in 1 Vyner Street in London. What? Negroni Talks – Borderlands: Boundaries within the city state. London is a wonderful metropolis, but those that live and work in the city know that it is certainly the congregation of many different fiefdoms. As a result each place abides by its own rules and cherishes its own identity. There is no such things as a Londoner; people identify with their local community, as well as the physical context and history of their surroundings. 

This situation leads, therefore, to a big question: what is the effect of the fierce localism on architecture? What happens to the places that fall between the gaps? There are some criticality and also potential in it. Boundaries can therefore give rise to neglected landscapes but they also provide huge opportunities for innovation and experimentation. The Boundary Estate changed social housing for generations, can we use hidden hinterlands to create a better city?

This is a very important question that we are called to answer. Is this the reason for which we think that this second of the three great debates is so important for architects.

3.Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation

3.Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation

The third of the three great debates, that captured our attention is an interesting manifesto on Architecture and the possibility to see it with new eyes. Where? At the Design Museum, in Kensington High Street. What? ‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’. This is a collaboration between London Festival of Architecture and the Design Museum. The will is to highlight work by an emerging generation of voices in architecture who are shaping a new future for London.

The challenges that London poses to young people are shaping the boundaries of architecture and what it therefore means to be an architect in this city. Responding to these conditions, a new generation of architecture voices are proposing alternative visions for London’s urban landscape. As a result these manifestos prioritise collaboration, dialogue, learning and action. They are often steered by collectives over individuals focused on public organisation and democratisation.

Join therefore them in this third public debate of three great debates. The question is how we can design a better future for the next generation of Londoners.

And you? What do you think about these three great debates? Will you go to the London Architecture Festival? By for now and see you at the next stop!