London Festival of Architecture announces 2019 programmeLondon Festival of Architecture announces 2019 programme

London Festival of Architecture announces 2019 programme
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With the mission to support London’s architecture talent, celebrate innovation, and promote positive change to the public realm, the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) returns this June with a 400-event strong programme.

The line-up – featuring events such as a ‘migration walk’ in East London, a ‘comedy safari’ of classic Londoner experiences and a séance at the John Soanes-designed Pitzhanger Manor – is experimental. Refreshingly, the majority of events push way beyond printed images and text on the walls. While events span many types – from exhibition, installation, talks, workshops, family events, walking tours – there is an enthusiastic focus on group interaction and public engagement.

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Yinka Ilori’s design for the upcoming Dulwich Picture Gallery summer pavilion commissioned by the London Festival of Architecture

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This year’s theme of ‘Boundaries’ has been approached from many different perspectives by the events – from physical boundaries found in the city, to the hidden gender and privilege boundaries that many architects face in the industry.

Helping participants and Londoners alike to make sense of 400 events, the LFA has carved out four festival hubs – the City of London; London Bridge; the Royal Docks; and the ‘Heart of London’ covering St James’s, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Come June, we will offer readers a distilled list of the very best that the festival has in store – watch this space. 

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Inside-out: inside place-making outside of limits.

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Metropolitan Workshop will open up their studio for an evening for London festival of Architecture

Metropolitan Workshop will open up their studio for an evening.

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Lily Jencks Studio garden design

Lily Jencks Studio will transplant ‘The Quintessential English Garden’ into Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square.

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The Wooden Partliament commissioned by Museum Of Architecture

The Wooden Partliament commissioned by Museum Of Architecture will spring up at Kings Cross for June.

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Lego challenge for the LFA

The Royal Academy will host a Lego challenge.

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The London Festival of Architecture, 1-30 June 2019. For more information, visit the website

Harriet Thorpe is a writer, journalist and editor covering architecture, design and culture, with particular interest in sustainability, 20th-century architecture and community. After studying History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Journalism at City University in London, she developed her interest in architecture working at Wallpaper* magazine and today contributes to Wallpaper*, The World of Interiors and Icon magazine, amongst other titles. She is author of The Sustainable City (2022, Hoxton Mini Press), a book about sustainable architecture in London, and the Modern Cambridge Map (2023, Blue Crow Media), a map of 20th-century architecture in Cambridge, the city where she grew up.