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London Festival of Architecture 2015

London Festival of Architecture 2015 Image courtesy of Barbican Centre.

Image courtesy of Barbican Centre.

17 May 2015
by Niamh Tuft

The annual London Festival of Architecture (LFA) — a month-long, citywide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice — will take place at venues across the capital from 1—30th June, responding to this year’s theme of 'Work in Progress'.

International events include: Beyond Vancouverism with Hadani Ditmars, Selgascano's Serpentine Pavilion, Is work killing us? a discussion with Jeremy Myerson, Sevil Peach and Bjarke Ingles and a keynote event The Working City—Eindhoven, New York and London organised by the London Festival of Architecture. 

The festival's inaugural guest country, Ireland have organised a series of events (see below) in conjunction with two installations in the city. 

Full listings can be found on London Architecture Diary. 

New Horizons: Event Programme

Who'd be a Young Architect?
4 June, 6pm
Red Pavilion, Lewis Cubbitt Square, Kings Cross, London. N1C 4UZ.

Irish and London architects compare experiences at the start of their careers and we ask if now is a good time to be young in architecture. This panel discussion will look at the new ways young architect in the UK and Ireland work, if it is possible to identify a specific condition of being ‘young’ in architecture and how the preoccupations and concerns of young architects differ from previous generations. Book here.

Nine Live(s) Tank Talk 
Design Museum with Irish Design 2015 

7 June 2pm—2.20pm 
14th June 7—9.30pm 
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD 

Nine Live(s) tells the story of the design and occupation of nine workspaces, each of which has been designed by an emerging Irish architect. These activities will give a unique insight into the installation and the social lives of contemporary Ireland, and their relationships with architecture and design.

Irish Architecture Walks + Talks London 
O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects 

9 June 
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics, Sheffield Street, WC2A 2AE 

Irish architects and Royal Gold Medal Recipients, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, will deliver special tours of their award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the LSE, followed by a public conversation with Professor Kester Rattenbury.

Of Clay and Wattle Made

13 June, 11am
Red Pavilion, Lewis Cubbitt Square, Kings Cross, London. N1C 4UZ.

To coincide with the poet's 150th birthday architects read selected works by W.B. Yeats. Book here.

New Now Next 
Design Museum with Irish Design 2015 

17 June 
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD 

To mark the Irish presence at the Design Museum and King’s Cross, this London edition of New Now Next will bring together the four practices that are creating the Irish pavilion in King Cross for the London Festival of Architecture.

Nine Live(s) Sunday Sketch with Irish Design 2015 
Design Museum with Irish Design 2015 

21 June 
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD 

An expert tutor will to lead you through a range of drawing activities in the Design Museum, from architectural drawing to studies of objects in the collection. This June session will focus on Nine Live(s) in the Tank.

We Built This City 
Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

June 30 
London Living Room, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA 

We Built This City, an Irish Architecture Foundation Initiative delivered for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), tells the story of how cities are created. It highlights the contribution the Irish have made to the built environment of three global cities: London, Chicago and New York, focusing on Irish construction and design industries both historically and present day.