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London Festival of Architecture 2015, London, United Kingdom

Tuesday 03 Feb 2015

A focus on the workplace, and an international flavour

London Festival of Architecture 2015 by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom
London Festival of Architecture 2015 by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom
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16/02/15 Peter Hancock, Maseru
A great idea: being both timely and an excellent opportunity to review the total impact of the plethora of new tall buildings which have completely altered London's skyline, to the east of St Paul's cathedral..

As a Londoner, this was brought home to me acutely, when, in June last year, I looked at the whole city from a point near the Epsom racecourse. This was a view encompassing the whole City of London, from east to west. It was amazing to be able see and identify such iconic landmarks such as the Shard, the ' wedge of cheese', St Mary Axe, Lloyds; and even St Paul's cathedral: which once presided over the entire City skyline, with it fleet of church spires, designed by Wren.

From an urban design point of view, it is incredible that all these tall buildings, with their considerable floor areas and capacity for ever more occupants, quite apart from parking, are crowded on top of London's ancient and constricted street pattern.

The question now, as ever, is : Quo vadis ? Where do we go from here? this is a question of particular interest in planning terms, which requires further consideration and possible options, especially in its three-dimensional aspect .

Peter Hancock, PhD (Urban and Regional planning)
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Call for submissions to the London Festival of Architecture 2015 

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is calling for participants to explore and engage with the changing landscape of London through this year’s central theme, ‘Work in Progress’. The deadline for submissions is 10 March 2015.

Selected projects will be included in the London Festival of Architecture programme, which runs from 1 to 30 June 2015, alongside events by London’s leading cultural and academic institutions. These include RIBA, the Design Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Serpentine Galleries and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

London itself is a work in progress, and its architecture and architects both respond to, and lead, the process of change. This year’s theme ‘Work in Progress’ presents a chance to explore the changing nature of work and workspace as London’s manufacturing and artisan production experience a resurgence.

For the first time in its history, LFA2015’s programme includes a Focus Country, which this year will be Ireland, presented in partnership with Irish Design 2015 and the British Council. The first instalment of ‘New Horizon’ – a multi-platform exhibition will present the work of emerging Irish practices, selected by curators, Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick.

And in response to London’s leading international role, LFA is expanding its international programme for 2015. This will centre on a number of key events, including Spanish architect, SelgasCano’s design for the Serpentine’s 15th annual pavilion. There will also be an international conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), hosted by RIBA.

Patricia Brown, Chair of the London Festival of Architecture, comments: “London exists because of its commercial roots, and work and London go hand in hand. Work – aka career - is why many of us chose, or continue, to live in London. So this year’s festival theme of ‘Work in Progress’ is a route into exploring the impact of work on our lives and city, and especially the role of its architects and architecture in informing and influencing London’s evolution.”

Further details of how to participate in LFA2015 can be found at

By Gail Taylor

WAN Editorial

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