Gathered at The View from The Shard, guests heard from Festival Director Tamsie Thomson, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills Jules Pipe, Carly Reed of The View from The Shard, and Nadia Broccardo of Team London Bridge.
This year's theme is 'Identity' and the programme for June reflects the diverse and eclectic Identity of the capital. Our own London Bridge Hub programme epitomises this, with our flagship event London Bridge Open Kitchen taking place 29/30 June.
The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is Europe’s largest annual architecture event, and celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. The programme is delivered by architecture and design practices and practitioners, cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others. The festival appeals to a huge public audience: in 2017 an estimated 400,000 people attended festival events, most of which were free.
London Bridge will be a Hub area for the first time, reflecting the importance of the changing built environment and globally-famous, landmark architecture we have here.
The programme is designed to offer events that can appeal to anyone: exhibitions and installations, talks and debates, walks and tours, family events, film screenings and a wide range of special events. Highlights of the London Festival of Architecture London Bridge Hub so far include:
- Gelato e Architecture, 16 June
- London Bridge Station Tours, various dates
- Design Competition, Tooley Street triangle intervention
Tamsie Thomson (Director, London Festival of Architecture) said:
“It’s no surprise that London – a city of multiple individual and collective identities – should inspire the most diverse and interesting London Festival of Architecture programme yet. We cannot wait to share this year’s brilliant programme with the public, and to spend a month immersed alongside the city’s amazing architecture and design talent, as we celebrate London and showcase the architecture that helps to make it the greatest city on earth.”
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills Jules Pipe said:
“We are proud once again to partner with the London Festival of Architecture. This year’s programme shines a light on London’s superb design and architectural talent, celebrating the capital’s social diversity, vibrant culture and growth.”