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The AJ's 15 must-see events at the 2017 London Festival of Architecture

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The AJ selects fifteen must-see events at the this year’s London Festival of Architecture (1-30 June), ranging from lectures by David Adjaye to architectural bake-offs

‘Face to Face with Memory’ with Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates) & Stuart Wood (Heatherwick Studio)

When: 6 June, 6.30pm – 9pm

Where: Roca London Gallery, Station Court Townmead Road, London, SW6 2PY

Summary: V&A Dundee architect Kengo Kuma reveals how memory is a vital tool in his work and research. He is joined in this event by Stuart Wood, group leader at Heatherwick Studio, who will also talk about the theme of memory. 

Cost: free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=279

NLA Annual Lecture 2017 by David Adjaye

When: 12 June, 6.30 - 8pm

Where: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2SR

Summary: Sir David Adjaye gives the NLA Annual Lecture 2017, a headline event of the London Festival of Architecture. In conversation with NLA Chairman Peter Murray,  Adjaye will speak about his work and approach to urban renewal, both in London and around the world. He will also share his thoughts on the role that London has to play supporting creativity and positive social change around the world.

Cost: £18

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=174

Rogers and Bernaskoni in conversation 

When: 22 June, 6:15pm - 7:30pm

Where: The Design Museum, 224 - 238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG

Summary: Richard Rogers and Boris Bernaskoni discuss the influence of Russian Avant Garde on their practices, as well as their careers and latest projects. Curated by 

Cost: £10 

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=886

Joseph Constable on Serpentine Pavilion 2017

When: 24 June, 3pm - pm 

Where: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

Summary: Assistant curator Joseph Constable, leads a tour of the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré,  with British sign language interpretation by Julie Hornsby.

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=1101

The Great Architectural Bake-Off

When: 10 June, 12pm - 3pm

Where: Fitzroy SquareFitzroy Square, London, W1T 6EY

Summary: Architectural royalty descends on Fitzroy Square as firms - including Zaha Hadid Architects; Foster + Partners; Rogers, Stirk, Harbor + Partners; Amanda Levete Architects; and Wilkinson Eyre - create some of the world’s most iconic buildings out of cake. Hosted by WATG. 

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=958

The Great Architectural Bake Off, 2016

The Great Architectural Bake Off, 2016

A taster of this year’s Great Architectural Bake Off - cakes from the 2016 event

Sunday night live: Daniel Libeskind

When: 11 June, 6.30pm - 7.45pm

Where: JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

Cost: £15

Summary: Jewish community centre JW3 welcomes Daniel Libeskind to London for a conversation on his career and work so far with BBC Radio 4 presenter Samira Ahmed.

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=882

Dulwich Pavilion 

When: 2 June - 8 October

Where: Dulwich Picture GalleryGallery Road, London, SE21 7AD

Summary: The Dulwich Picture Gallery celebrates its 200th anniversary with its first Dulwich Pavilion, designed by emerging stars IF_DO. A number of events, including Lates on Fridays, are being held at the pavilion throughout the summer. 

Cost: Free 

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=1249 


Reusing London’s Lost Infrastructure

When: 13 June, 6pm – 9pm

Where: The Brunel Museum Sinking Shaft, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF

Summary: An open discussion on the topic of reusing London’s lost infrastructure, with speakers including Robert Hulse from the Brunel Museum,  Nick Grimshaw from Grimshaw Architects, Jerry Tate from Tate Harmer and Transport for London. 

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=1076

’Where Shall She Live?’ Housing the working women in Victorian and Edwardian London’

When: 14 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Where: Rest Up London, Driscoll House, 172 New Kent Road, London, SE1 4YT

Summary: Emily Gee, Historic England’s London planning director, will discusses the architectural and social history of the homes which housed working women in Victorian and Edwardian London. 

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=945

Middlesex House Open Studio

When: 15 – 19 June

Where: Middlesex House, 34-42 Cleveland Street, W1T 4JE

Summary: Open studio at the Art Deco Middlesex House, where Fletcher Priest, Glenn Howells and Make are based.

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=1467

Unlocking Pentonville: Memory

When: 17-18 June, 11am - 6pm

Where: 382 Caledonian RoadLondon, N1 1DY

Summary: Sarah Wigglesworth of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects hosts an exhibition and weekend of public debates on the future of Pentonville Prison, which is set to by sold by HM Prison Service for redevelopment. 

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=546 

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Pentonville collage 2 full web 532x268

The Architecture of Memory

When: 16 – 30 June

Where: Atrium Ltd, 28 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4BY

Summary: Finkernagel Ross exhbits an exhibition with on the theme of the festival - memory - marking its fourth year running taking part in the RIBA London Open Studios, within the London Festival of Architecture. 

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=647

Depicting excellent black architects

When: 5-26 June

Where: New London Architecture, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

Summary: Black architects are celebrated at this exhbition, curated by Simone de Gale Architects, at New London Architecture’s headquarters. The exhibition, which focuses on black architects from London, or who practice in London, is open to the public throughout June. It will then move to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust from 10 July 10th to 11 August. 

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=729

London Tomorrow: A Weekend with the London School of Architecture

When: 23 – 25 June

Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

Summary: London Tomorrow presents 30 new models for the future of the capital. 

Cost: Free

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=447

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London tomorrow festival of architecture 1704 sq


Battersea Power Station Tours – Wilkinson Eyre

When: 25 June, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Where: Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, SW11 8AB

Summary: Tour of Battersea Power Station led by Jim Eyre of WilkinsonEyre Architects - the lead architects appointed to refurbish the iconic Grade II listed building, which will become home to Apple’s London headquarters. 

Cost: Free (register before 21 June) 

Link: http://londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/programme/?ev=1567

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