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UK’s largest annual celebration of architecture returns


London Festival of Architecture (LFA), the annual, city-wide celebration of the capital’s buildings and landmarks, returns for the entire month of June with over 200 activities stretching across every corner of London.

Since its inception in 2004, LFA has constantly engaged and excited new audiences, placing architecture firmly at the forefront of the cultural agenda. Now in its 10th anniversary year, the festival is developing its role, helping to transform the perception of architecture from a niche interest, to a vital element of the UK’s cultural, economic, social and financial framework.

Using the theme ‘capital’, the festival invites the public to explore different facets of London: its culture, people, economy and its built environment, providing the opportunity for engaging and thought-provoking debate.

Issues covered in-depth will include the housing crisis, and the rapid increase in the development of tall buildings, with events and activities designed to put these subjects firmly on the political agenda.


This year highlights include: Open Studios Shoreditch Trail, On Ettore Sottsass and Capital Views.

Open Studios Shoreditch Trail, which takes place on 5 June, involves  RIBA London which are coordinating a trail of open studios through Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and nearby areas, with a programme of activities and events that offer behind the scenes access to over 20 practices.

On Ettore Sottsass takes place on 3 June, at the Design Museum. And founder of the Memphis Group, creator of radical social housing projects and the iconic bright red Valentine typewriter, Ettore Sottsass is one of the great designers of the twentieth century. To celebrate the publication of a new monograph by Phaidon, Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic will talk to Sottsass’s widow Barbara Radice, who travels to the UK for this event.

Capital Views is taking place on  4 June. The NLA are offering an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a tour of several London towers by the very architects that have helped to shape the city. These intimate tours allow guests to gain access to the top of the Heron Tower with KPF and ARUP, the Willis Building with Foster + Partners, and see the historic views from the Balfron Tower and Centre Point.

For full programme listings, visit

Images courtesy of London Festival of Architecture 2014, GUN Architects, Valerie-Bennett, Siobhan Davies Dance, Arup, Architectural Association, Sue Barr

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