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The British Council at London Festival of Architecture

The British Council at London Festival of Architecture

As part of this year's London Festival of Architecture, we have created two exhibitions and various events to create a diverse programme throughout June. 


16:00 - 20:00, 2 June 2016 
Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW

Organized by KCUK & Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is proud to present Architecture and the Evolving “Commons” – London and Seoul, a seminar in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture, the forthcoming inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 (Artistic Directors – Hyungmin Pai and Alejandro Zaera Polo), SH Corporation, and the British Council.

The seminar takes place on Thursday 2 June from 4.00pm to 8.00pm at the KCCUK and is intended as a platform for exchange between some of the most influential practitioners from Seoul and London. Divided into two sessions, each session focuses on one city and its community. This seminar is accompanied by an exhibition entitled Existing City / New Resource at the KCCUK, which focuses on the question of ‘recycling the city’ and the current and future initiatives being undertaken by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Speakers and moderators (in alphabetical order):
John Hong: Director of International Studios, Seoul Lab 2017; Professor, Seoul National University
Indy Johar: Director, Architecture 00
Soik Jung: Director, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Division
Torange Khonsari and Andreas Lang: Directors, Public Works
Robert Mull: Professor, Beevor Mull Architects LLP
Lucy Musgrave: Director, Publica
Hyungmin Pai: Co-director, Seoul Biennale 2017; Professor, University of Seoul
Hae-Won Shin: Curator, Seoul Biennale 2017; Principal, lokaldesign

Please RSVP to: / +44(0)20 7004 2600

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18:30 - 20:00, 2 June

Organized by Oslo Architecture Tiennale

After Belonging examines both our attachment to places and collectivities—Where do we belong?—as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings? For the first public presentation of the Triennale in London, After Belonging invites a group of architects and spatial practitioners to reflect on one of the proposals selected through an International Call for Intervention Strategies and that are being developed throughout the Triennale period. Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes seeks to produce a forum of discussion for the construction of a new eco-political Arctic

Nabil Ahmed and Dámaso Randulfe (Authors, Nature, Labour, Land), Lindsay Bremner (Westminster University), Adrian Lahoud, (Dean School of Architecture, Royal College of Art. TBC), Katya Larina, (U:lab.spb), Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog).

Along with the curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016:
Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier

With Introductions by:
Director of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Hanna Dencik Petersson

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Panel Discussion: 18:00-20:30, 16 June 2016
Exhibition: 17 June - 15 July, weekdays 10:00-17:00
Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HX

Organized by Allies and Morrison and the British Council

This open studio reception and panel discussion has been organised by Allies and Morrison and British Council to mark the opening of the exhibition Streets of Doha.

The exhibition is focussed on the investigations and outputs of the Unlimited Doha Design Prize, a one week design-residency that took place in Doha, Qatar during March 2016, and which offered a unique opportunity for architects and designers based in the UK to collaborate with counterparts from across the Gulf region. Responding to the theme of the ‘Open City’ participants worked across disciplines to share skills and research, in the process developing the ideas and design solutions that provide innovative design models that will improve the experience of movement and accessibility within rapidly developing cities such as Doha. The residency was facilitated by Simon Gathercole of Allies and Morrison whose work at Mshiereb Downtown Doha is featured in the exhibition as a project widely considered to have set a new benchmark for regeneration in the region. The winning project as judged by an expert panel was City of Play, and the team including UK based designers ScottWhitbyStudio were awarded a prize of £15,000 to develop their designs over the coming year.

This first viewing and reception includes a short ‘in conversation’ panel discussion featuring some key participants of the residency including:

Simon Gathercole, Allies and Morrison
Alex-Scott Whitby and Cherng-Min Teong, ScottWhitbyStudio
Mark Dyer; accessibility and inclusive design specialist, CH2M Hill
Chair: Alastair Donald, architecture programme manager, British Council. 

Those wishing to attend the open studio must RSVP to by 10th June. 

The exhibition will be open to the public from 17th June until 15th July, weekdays from 10:00-17:00. 

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17 June, 18:00 - 19:30
LVMH Lecture Theatre 2, Central St Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Organized by the British Council and Central Saint Martins

The celebrated Italo-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi once described architecture as ‘an adventure in which people are called to intimately participate as actors.’ In this talk and panel discussion, theatre and opera director and writer Finn Beames reflects on his experience as the Lina Bo Bardi Fellow 2015, during his research trip to Brazil and his current work to bring architecture and theatre together in performance. Finn will talk about his enquiries into Bo Bardi’s stage design and, more widely, the relations between theatre making and her architectural practice. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

Finn Beames
Mel Dodd, Central St Martins
Noemi Blager, architect and curator, Lina Bo Bardi: Together

Attendance is free but registration is required:

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23 June - 23 September
British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN

Organized by the British Council in partnership with Atomik Architecture

Have those who live in the lands of the ancient nomads inherited the spirit of their forefathers? Are they retracing the well-worn pathways of their ancestors or have their tracks been completely erased by a few decades of Soviet control? Is the question of nomadic identity relevant now or has their culture been homogenised by communism and now globalisation? Could the word 'cosmopolitan' be a term for total nomadism? Are our cities now the new pastures for the modern nomad?

After 300 years of colonisation and subsequent Soviet rule, a new generation of Kazakhstani’s have been searching for the answer to these questions in an era of regained independence. 

This exhibition convenes a new wave of talent from the creative community in Almaty to show how these individuals are forging a new identity and values blending the residues of the Soviet past, their desire to restore links with their nomadic past and with the ambition to become prominent players in the global community.

City Nomads will present work from photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, industrial designers, musicians, filmakers and architects to illustrate Almaty and investigate the relationship between the city and its nomadic past.