LFA Digital celebrates London's architecture in lockdown

The London Festival of Architecture 2020 goes digital and reveals its rich programme of activities, which span online events, building tours and special features

architectural bake off
This year, the London Festival of Architecture is going digital; but this doesn't mean we can't still enjoy summer staples like the visual feast that is the Architectural Bake Off (pictured here, one of the 2019 contestants)
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When the London Festival of Architecture announced it will be moving its physical activities to later in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it came as no surprise; a slew of design and architecture events around the world have been postponed or cancelled due to the ongoing global health emergency. But when the beloved London summer event added that the capital's public would still get its architectural celebration next month – albeit in an innovative, digital form – we got even more excited. 

Retaining its June spot and theme – ‘Power' – LFA Digital 2020 will be launching a variety of virtual events next week. There's something for everyone; from online building tours, video-based talks and events (there's even a pub quiz!), to popular staples such as the Architecture Bake Off, which will take place online for the first time ever, and new entries, such as the project 30 Objects in 30 Days, which sets out to create a series of videos where architects, design enthusiasts and specialists nominate their favourite object that relates to power and architecture, referencing the festival's overall theme. 

‘We are thrilled to be launching such an amazing programme for LFA Digital 2020,' says LFA director Tamsie Thompson. ‘Only two months ago the prospects for the LFA in 2020 looked doubtful – but thanks to our resilience and an amazing response from our many friends and supporters in London and around the world, we’ve got a festival to be proud of. LFA Digital is full of content that is experimental, daring and challenging – but also plenty of fun. This extraordinary programme for extraordinary times is designed to appeal to a global public audience, and I cannot wait for the LFA’s latest edition to begin.'

Dip into the festival's rich programme – swiftly and immaculately curated thanks to the enthusiasm of LFA's many supporters and contributors – to explore architecture as you hadn't before, and get challenged and inspired by experiencing urban design in a city during lockdown.

Here are the highlights

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‘Giant Doll’s House – alone-together' by the Giant Dolls House Project
1 - 14 June

The concept is simple: built your own doll's house in a shoe box. The results? As varied, creative and unexpected as you can imagine. The collaborative project is delivered with the help of Oxfam and flags up the importance of home, especially in the light of the global refugee crisis. Everyone can submit work by sending a photo of their creation to the organizers. 

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adolf loos villa tour

A live stream tour of Adolf Loos’ Villa Winternitz by the Czech Centre
18 June / 5pm

Travelling may not be an option right now, but enjoying great architecture, thankfully, still is. Tune in at the Czech Centre in London for the first ever virtual tour of the recently restored 1932 Villa Winternitz by celebrated Modernist Adlof Loos in Prague.

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Velorose Gallery_‘Windows on the World’ A People Power (Re)Presentation

‘Windows on the World’: A People Power (Re)Presentation by the Velorose Gallery
4 June – 3 July

The Velorose Gallery is inviting us all to create and send in our own take on ‘Outside Looking In’ or ‘Inside Looking Out’. The art pieces will be submited in the form of a postcard to be exhibited online. What better way to explore different takes on how we see our environment? 

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The Great Architectural Bake-Off LFA2018 © Tom Horton

The [Online] Architecture Bake Off by London Festival of Architecture
1 - 11 June

Prepare to be inspired - architecturally and culinarily - with the return of an LFA favourite; the Architectural Bake Off. Architects and members of the public are invited to combine baking skills with architectural imagination. Send in your submission by 8 June. Contestants will be showcased online and put to a public vote to name the overall winner. 

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Bauhaus Remains Embassy Of Israel

Bauhaus Remains by Embassy of Israel UK - Cultural Department
1 - 17 June

There are plenty of options to enjoy architecture virtually this year. Four films produced by the Steve Tisch School of Film & Television, Tel Aviv University and the Bauhaus University Weimar Faculty of Art and Design, explore Bauhaus and its lasting effects. 

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation by London Festival of Architecture & the Design Museum
17 June

This annual collaboration is back, showcasing emerging voices in architecture. The project will take the shape of a virtual workshop of the 10 participating nominees, who will share their manifestos, followed by an online exhibition.

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30 Days by London Festival of Architecture

30 Objects in 30 Days by London Festival of Architecture
1 - 30 June

A new entry in the LFA calendar, this project collects nominations from 30 of the capital's leading architects and developers, artists and curators, politicians and journalists, educators and many more, in a video series that brings together 30 objects that explore the relationship between architecture and power.

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Architecture Obscura Anise Gallery

Architecture Obscura by Anise Gallery
15 - 30 June

The Anise Gallery sets up a virtual exhibition touching on a theme that resonated with many of us in recent months - the relationship between outside and inside. The pieces on display will include work by artists, architects, writers and photographers. 

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).