The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has announced that its theme for next year’s festival will be ‘identity’
LFA director Tamsie Thomson said the theme would explore what ‘identity’ means for architects and their work, as well as for Londoners.
She said: ‘London is the best city on earth – made more so thanks to its gloriously maddening, diverse and eclectic character. Whether you were born here or have just arrived, you can call yourself a Londoner – but what is it that makes a Londoner? What defines the city and therefore the identity of those who live in it?
‘Shared identity and understanding are what binds people together – whether that’s a community or a diverse group of architects within a practice. The diversity of London’s architectural practice is one of its strengths – but how will London’s identity as a global architectural hub be affected by Brexit as we lose our identity as fully fledged Europeans?’
The LFA 2017, which revolved around the theme of ‘memory’, included talks by Richard Rogers, David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind, and held more than 450 events. It also hosted the inaugural Dulwich Pavilion, designed by emerging architects IF_DO. The AJ understands the pavilion is set to be reassembled as a playground shelter at a local primary school.
Thomson added: ‘In countless London streets or familiar places, such as the Barbican, identity evolves over time and takes its cue from residents. Developers – and architects too – have sometimes sought to hasten that process by inventing a new identity for a place through branding. Can that work? As parts of London experience fundamental and rapid physical change – is there such a thing as instant identity?’
The call for entries for the LFA 2018 will be made in November, and the festival will run from 1-30 June next year.