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London Festival of Architecture to go annual

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The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is to become an annual event, its director has confirmed

Festival director Peter Murray said the high-profile bi-annual event which ended last weekend is planning to go annual and could take place next year.

‘We feel the popularity and the momentum of the Festival suggests an annual event would be well received - particularly after the success of this year’s event when it was competing with so much else for attention,’ he said.

The festival currently receives core funding from a ‘250 Club’ of practices which donate £250 a year but additional funding will be required to pull of the event on a yearly basis and discussions have already started with potential sponsors for 2013.

Murray added: ‘An annual event is more efficient. Doing it every two years means that you put your administration into mothballs for twelve months and then have to ramp it up again and sponsors have to write the money back into their budgets.’

This year’s LFA featured a range of high-profile events including an Olympics pecha kucha at the NLA, an exhibition on the Developing City in the City of London and Roz Barr’s and Ramboll’s temporary installation on Store Street made from 7,000 military grade sandbags (pictured).

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