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RIBA festival revives Architecture Week

The RIBA has effectively revived Architecture Week five years after it was controversially abandoned due to Arts Council budget cuts

Renamed RIBA Love Architecture Festival, the event will take over Architecture Week’s 15-24 June billing.

The nationwide programme features tours, exhibitions and events.

Former RIBA Trust director Charles Knevitt welcomed the return of Architecture Week.

He said: ‘It is five years since Arts Council England took the unilateral decision to abandon Architecture Week and cancel its involvement with the RIBA, but then it has been ambivalent about architecture for a very long time. The ‘golden age’ when Lord Palumbo was in charge is now just a distant memory.

‘The Arts Council initiated and organised the 1987 exhibition, ‘Le Corbusier - Architect of the Century’ at the Hayward Gallery, London, in 1987. After 18 months of negotiations it failed to contribute a dime to the £1.2 million ‘Le Corbusier - The Art of Architecture’ exhibition in Liverpool in 2008, and London in 2009, organised by the RIBA Trust.

‘Now the whole country will have an opportunity to celebrate architecture’s life-enhancing power once again.’

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