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What to see at the London Festival of Architecture

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AJ architecture editor Laura Mark picks her top events of the London Festival of Architecture which launches today (1 June)

Week one: 1 June – 5 June

An open studio

What does the city mean to you?

Ben Adams Architects opens up its studio for a series of interactive exhibitions and displays which aim to discuss urban living.

Where Ben Adams Architects, 99 Southwark Street
When 3 June, 10am – 6pm

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A talk

After belonging: A forum on Arctic negotiations

For the first public presentation of the Oslo Architecture Triennale in London, this event invites a group of architects to reflect on one of the spatial proposals being developed during the Triennale. Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes seeks to produce a forum of discussion for the construction of a new eco-political Arctic governance by operating on three negotiations in the region: the melting of the Arctic ice (Nature), the expected global shipment along the Northeast Passage (Labour), and the indigenous conception of the territory (Land).

Where Architectural Association
When 2 June, 6.30pm – 8pm

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An exhibition

Anupama Kundoo: High speed housing

As a companion piece to her installation at the Venice Biennale, this exhibition shows the design processes behind Indian architect Anupama Kundoo’s work and includes elements of her Full Fill Home prototype, Light Matters Housing and the Easy WC.

Where Roca London Gallery
When 31 March – 18 June

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One for the kids

Design quest: Blow your house down

An architecture workshop for six to ten-year-olds in which they’ll design a house and see if it can withstand the wind.

Where RIBA

When 3 June, 11am – 4pm

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Week two: 6 June – 12 June

An open studio

A perfect day: architectural therapy

AJ Small Projects Award finalist Studio McLeod is opening the doors of its studio for ‘architectural therapy sessions’.

Where The Studio, 320 Kilburn Lane
When 10 June, 1pm – 6pm

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A talk

Futuro: 1960s design principles today

In this talk with artist Craig Barnes and academic staff from Central Saint Martins’ spatial practices programme, the relevance of 1960s futuristic architectural forms in today’s society will be investigated.

Where Granary Building, Central Saint Martins
When 9 June, 6.45pm – 8.30pm

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An installation 

Serpentine pavilion and summer houses

This year the Serpentine has expanded its programme and alongside the BIG-designed main pavilion there will be four summer houses by Kunle Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman, and Asif Khan.

Where Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens
When 10 June – 9 October

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Week three: 13 June – 19 June

An open studio

London School of Architecture open studio

As the students end their first year at this new school, the 30-strong cohort will open its Soho studio to the public to showcase the work produced thus far.

Where The Joint, Wedgewood Mews, 12 – 13 Greek Street

When 18 June, 2pm – 7pm

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A talk 

London School of Architecture open studio

As the students end their first year at this new school, the 30-strong cohort will open its Soho studio to the public to showcase the work produced thus far.

Where The Joint, Wedgewood Mews, 12 – 13 Greek Street

When 18 June, 2pm – 7pm

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An exhibition 

Constructing communities at Peckham Levels

This exhibition displays work by small practices and students which presents ideas of how architecture can influence or create communities. Exhibiting practices include BAT Studio, CAT2, De Rosee SA, DH Liberty, Esther Frimpong + Zena Moore, George King Architects, MSMR, Nancy Jackson, NG Architects, Noor + Mills, YOU + PEA, Tate Harmer, The Village, and Weston Williamson + Partners.

Where Peckham Levels

When 2 June – 30 June

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One for the kids

The RA Lego architecture challenge

The annual Lego building challenge returns. This year teams from Arup, Gort Scott, AHMM, and Coffey Architects will be vying for the prize for the best creation which was last year picked up by Studio Weave.

Where Royal Academy

When 19 June, 2pm – 2pm

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Week four: 20 - 30 June

An open studio

Grimshaw: Select architectural works on film

The newly refurbished front atrium of Grimshaw’s office will be opened up to provide the setting for a film night showing a new series of films offering insight into the practice’s history.

Where Grimshaw Architects, Clerkenwell Road
When 23 June, 6.30pm – 8pm

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A talk

Architecture: You ask the questions

Chaired by Razia Iqbal of the BBC, this event will give the audience a chance to put their questions to a panel which includes MP Stella Creasy and architects Asif Khan and Amanda Levete.

Where Royal Academy
When 27 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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An installation 

Transfer Laban: Architecture installation by Wolfgang Weileder

The facade of Herzog & de Meuron’s Stirling Prize-winning Laban Building is being recreated in Canary Wharf by artist Wolfgang Weileder.

Where Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf
When 13 – 24 June

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