Six unmissable events and exhibitions at London Festival of Architecture 2016
’Breaking Down Walls’: new ways of approaching creative workspaces
The panel discussion ’Breaking Down Walls’, headed by Bow Arts head of property Michael Cubey, and featuring Delvendahl Martin, APPARATUS architects and Dr. Kerstin Sailerwill, will explore how to approach creative workplaces in new and innovative ways. The panel will discuss how in over 20 years of business, Bow Arts have continually challenged the typical studio set-up by working closely with architects, communities and artists to develop a more creative approach to building design.
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, 22 June, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
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’Open Garden Estates (Architects for Social Housing)’
’Open Garden Estates (Architects for Social Housing)’ offers the opportunity to tour a number of London’s estates under threat of demolition by developers, local authorities and housing associations. The tour provides inside access to public and private gardens and the unique possibility of learning about the residents’ way of life, whilst experiencing the ins and outs of the structures and hearing about the ongoing battle to save their homes.
Multiple addresses across London, SE11 4HW, 18 – 19 June
Remembering Chernobyl: London’s first wooden church since 1666
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Spheron Architects have unveiled a wooden chapel dedicated to the memory of its victims. Not only commemorating the deceased, the church will act as a reminder of the tragic displacement of rural settlements in the area’s close proximity. Located directly opposite the church, an exhibition will display drawings and models of the chapel’s construction accompanied by items sourced from the private collection of the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum.
39 Holden Road, Woodside Park, 4 – 26 June
’The Liveable City’ (Danish Embassy)
To celebrate architecture and urban planning, the Danish Embassy has invited a number of businesses, politicians, professionals and members of the general public to engage in a series of talks, seminars and debates. Aiming to inspire, ’The Liveable City’ programme hopes to discover new ways in which our metropoles can become better places to live.
55 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SR, 14 – 17 June
’The Milkshake Tree’ (pH+ Architects)
pH+ Architects’ new installation ’The Milkshake Tree’, created in collaboration with Greenwich Peninsula’s ’Empathy Museum’ at the NOW Gallery, is a family-friendly sensory garden aiming to stimulate and support developmental growth through sounds, smells, movement and reflections. The secret garden, nestled within the heart of Peninsula Square contains a multisensory ramp, a treetop classroom and giant timber xylophone providing a fun and explorative space for children of all ages.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0ES, 18 – 30 June
The RA LEGO Architectural Challenge (Royal Academy of Arts)
Arup, AHMM, Coffey Architects and Gort Scott will battle it out to see who can create the greatest work out of LEGO in this year’s Royal Academy of Arts LEGO Architectural Challenge. Inspired by this year’s theme of ’Community’, the participating firms will be judged by a panel consisting of Patricia Brown, chair of the London Festival of Architecture; Owen Hopkins, architecture programme curator at the Royal Academy of Arts; Ian Ritchie, founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and our very own architecture editor, Ellie Stathaki.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD, 19 June, 2 – 4pm