June 12, 2014
“Architecture is the cornerstone of any city, and has a profound effect on its culture, community and economy”
London Festival of Architecture (LFA), the annual city-wide celebration of the capital’s buildings and landmarks, continues this week with a rich and diverse programme of events and activities.
LFA Chair Patricia Brown said:
“This year’s festival has a great depth and breadth. Not only does it showcase the capital’s great architectural expertise, but also deals head on with real issues that impact all corners of our society”.
“Architecture is the cornerstone of any city, and has a profound effect on its culture community and economy. I urge anybody that cares about the future of London to get involved in the Festival and make their views heard.”
Highlights of the week include a Q&A session with critically acclaimed author Will Self, who will discuss the relationship between power and architecture (9 June); and a satirical examination of what it means to live on the outside of London by journalist and ‘In the Thick of It’, writer Ian Martin (9 June). There will also be a thought-provoking debate with architects, designers and young Londoners focussing on what the city is like for young people, and the steps that need to be taken to make it a more positive place to live (12June).
This week also marks the start of a series of expert-guided tours of recently completed projects that present practical ways to reinvigorate London’s High Streets. These visits will start at set times across eight of the capital’s Town Halls (14 – 21 June). In addition, this week will also provide visitors with an opportunity to view a striking new pavilion at the entrance of the Museum of London – the House of Muses (6 June). This exhibition, offers visitors a chance to share their thoughts to help shape the future of the museum.