Over the years LFA Competitions have helped deliver some of the most striking and impressive installations during the London Festival of Architecture. These have included the Dulwich Picture Gallery Pavilions, City Benches, St Paul’s Gateway and many others. You’ll also find below competitions run by our friends at NLA.

These competitions have helped launch the careers of many emerging architects and designers, helping them deliver a high-profile commission early in their practice.

For destinations, developers and clients, these competitions can help improve the public realm, test new ideas  or deliver an amazing architectural intervention whilst harnessing the best architectural talent.  If you’re interested in finding out more about running your own LFA competition, please get in touch.

 

Open Calls


Competition open call: New Growth on Exhibition Road

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Competition open call: New Growth on Exhibition Road

  The LFA, V&A and Discover South Kensington have launched a new competition for an innovative series of installations supporting…

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Competition open call: Showroom Showcase

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Competition open call: Showroom Showcase

This year’s London Festival of Architecture sees some of London’s most respected design brands – such as Vitra and Poliform…

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Past Competitions


LFA 2021 Symposium: Call for Papers

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LFA 2021 Symposium: Call for Papers

  Architecture and inequity: New practices of Care   This week, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, we’re…

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Competition open call: City Benches 2021

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Competition open call: City Benches 2021

The London Festival of Architecture, Cheapside Business Alliance and Aldgate Connect Business Improvement District have launched the fourth edition of…

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Competition open call: Curating Concourses

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Competition open call: Curating Concourses

The LFA and Network Rail have launched a new open call competition for a reusable prototype exhibition concept – including…

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Competition winner revealed: Arch 42 Gateways

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Competition winner revealed: Arch 42 Gateways

  Emerging architecture practice Projects Office are revealed as the winners of the Arch 42 Gateways competition, organised by the London…

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Competition open call: Traditional Police Box Reimagined

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Competition open call: Traditional Police Box Reimagined

Traditional Police Box to be transformed for the digital age in the City of London A new competition is being…

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches, Autumn 2020

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches, Autumn 2020

Last month, the LFA revealed the winning benches for the second edition of Pews and Perches. Over the last few…

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Pews and Perches: Winning benches unveiled

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Pews and Perches: Winning benches unveiled

A series of five new benches designed by emerging architects – the winners of a competition organised the LFA and…

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Competition winner revealed: Reimagining Butler’s Wharf

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Competition winner revealed: Reimagining Butler’s Wharf

The Tide Line – an evocative landscape designed by Ludwig Willis Architects with Structure Workshop and Howard Miller Landscape and…

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Competition shortlist: Empowering Platforms

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Competition shortlist: Empowering Platforms

The LFA Westminster City Council and the Northbank Business Improvement District have announced the six design teams shortlisted to create…

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Help us choose our 2021 theme

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Help us choose our 2021 theme

Since 2006 the LFA has selected a theme each year which helps to define the direction of the festival.  We…

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Competition shortlist: Arch 42

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Competition shortlist: Arch 42

The LFA and Wandsworth Council have revealed the shortlisted practices and teams in their Arch 42 Gateways design competition. Over…

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Pews and Perches: Winners of second edition revealed

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Pews and Perches: Winners of second edition revealed

The LFA and the Royal Docks Team (RDT) have revealed the 2020 cohort of the annual ‘Pews and Perches’ design…

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Sitting Pretty: Station Installations Unveiled

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Sitting Pretty: Station Installations Unveiled

A series of witty and challenging benches by emerging architects and designers are unveiled this week at some of London’s…

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Meet the Designers: Sitting Pretty

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Meet the Designers: Sitting Pretty

Earlier this year, the LFA ran a competition for architecture and design students, recent graduates and emerging practitioners to consider…

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Reimagining Butler’s Wharf: The virtual exhibition

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Reimagining Butler’s Wharf: The virtual exhibition

Last month, together with Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust (BWRT), we were delighted to revealed the 6 shortlisted design teams for…

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Competition open call: Arch 42 Gateways

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Competition open call: Arch 42 Gateways

The LFA and Wandsworth Council have joined forces to transform a historic railway arch and a key public route leading…

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City Benches: New benches revealed in Cheapside

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City Benches: New benches revealed in Cheapside

Five new public benches – specially designed by young architects and designers to celebrate the LFA – have been unveiled…

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Competition Shortlist: Reimagining Butler’s Wharf

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Competition Shortlist: Reimagining Butler’s Wharf

The LFA and Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust (BWRT) have revealed the six design teams shortlisted in the ‘Reimagining Butler’s Wharf’…

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Competition open call: Pews and Perches

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Competition open call: Pews and Perches

The LFA and the Royal Docks Team (RDT) have launched a new edition of the ‘Pews and Perches’ design competition,…

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The Tooley Street Triangle: A welcome back to London from the LFA and Team London Bridge

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The Tooley Street Triangle: A welcome back to London from the LFA and Team London Bridge

The LFA and Team London Bridge have unveiled The Tooley Street Triangle – a new wayfinding beacon designed by Charles…

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Architecture Bake Off: Overall Winner Announced

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Architecture Bake Off: Overall Winner Announced

We are delighted to announce the overall winner of our first online Architecture Bake Off. In June our judges selected…

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches

In late 2019, the London Festival of Architecture ran a competition for emerging architects to design a bench, which could…

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Competition open call: Reimagining Butler’s Wharf

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Competition open call: Reimagining Butler’s Wharf

The LFA and Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust (BWRT) have launched a new design competition inviting architects, landscape architects, designers and…

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City Benches: winning teams revealed

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City Benches: winning teams revealed

The LFA and Cheapside Business Alliance have announced the six design teams that have been chosen to develop a series…

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LFA and Network Rail reveal ‘Sitting Pretty’ designs

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LFA and Network Rail reveal ‘Sitting Pretty’ designs

The LFA and Network Rail have revealed the winning teams and designs for new seating to be installed in some…

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Competition Shortlist: Power Walks!

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Competition Shortlist: Power Walks!

The LFA and the City of London Corporation have announced the design teams shortlisted to create an eye-catching and interactive…

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Open call: Empowering Platforms – reimagining the Thames Riverfront

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Open call: Empowering Platforms – reimagining the Thames Riverfront

The London Festival of Architecture, Westminster City Council and the Northbank Business Improvement District have launched a new design competition…

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‘Rose’: St Paul’s Plinth 2020 winner announced

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‘Rose’: St Paul’s Plinth 2020 winner announced

A contemporary interpretation of the long-lost Rose Window at the Old St Paul’s Cathedral has been announced as the winning…

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Competition shortlist: ‘Sitting Pretty’

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Competition shortlist: ‘Sitting Pretty’

LFA and Network Rail have announced the design teams shortlisted to develop a new take on station seating, to brighten…

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Competition open call: ‘Power Walks!’

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Competition open call: ‘Power Walks!’

LFA and the City of London Corporation have launched a new design competition for a series of on-street interventions within…

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Competition open call: City Benches

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Competition open call: City Benches

The LFA and Cheapside Business Alliance have announced their latest design competition for a new series of one-off public benches…

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LFA Symposium: Call for Papers

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LFA Symposium: Call for Papers

The LFA, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts has launched its call for papers for the annual LFA…

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LFA and Royal Docks Team reveal new series of waterside benches

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LFA and Royal Docks Team reveal new series of waterside benches

‘Pews and Perches’ – a series of benches designed by emerging architects as part of the London Festival of Architecture…

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LFA and Cheapside Business Alliance launch contest for the next ‘St Paul’s Plinth’ installation

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LFA and Cheapside Business Alliance launch contest for the next ‘St Paul’s Plinth’ installation

The London Festival of Architecture and the Cheapside Business Alliance have announced a design competition to create a new installation…

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LFA and Network Rail announce design competition for train station benches

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LFA and Network Rail announce design competition for train station benches

LFA and Network Rail (NR) have announced ‘Sitting Pretty’ – an open call for new ideas for seating for the…

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LFA and Royal Docks Team announce winners of Pews and Perches competition

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LFA and Royal Docks Team announce winners of Pews and Perches competition

The LFA and the Royal Docks Team (RDT) have announced the five design teams chosen to create a playful series…

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LFA and City of London Corporation reveal Wolfgang Buttress’ winning ‘Liminal’ installation

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LFA and City of London Corporation reveal Wolfgang Buttress’ winning ‘Liminal’ installation

Forming an unmissable addition to the LFA’s ongoing season of events and installations and the City of London Corporation’s outdoor…

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What a buzz! LFA and Team London Bridge reveal new substation project

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What a buzz! LFA and Team London Bridge reveal new substation project

One of the capital’s favourite food destinations, London Bridge thrives with the bustle of restaurants, pavement cafes, pubs and street…

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LFA and Wandsworth Council reveal transformed Thessaly Road Railway Bridge

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LFA and Wandsworth Council reveal transformed Thessaly Road Railway Bridge

Happy Street – the transformation of a south London railway bridge by visual artist Yinka Ilori – has been revealed.…

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LFA and the Royal Docks Team launch call for waterside bench designs

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LFA and the Royal Docks Team launch call for waterside bench designs

The LFA and The Royal Docks Team have announced ‘Pews & Perches’ – a design competition that will see an…

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Co-Mooring brings the Grand Union Canal to life for the London Festival of Architecture

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Co-Mooring brings the Grand Union Canal to life for the London Festival of Architecture

A stretch of the Grand Union Canal in west London has burst into life as the latest element of the…

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LFA and Westminster City Council reveal Harrow Road competition winner

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LFA and Westminster City Council reveal Harrow Road competition winner

A design team of WY Design, tomos.design, COMPENDIUM and Studio Yu has been selected as the winner of a competition to…

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The Colour Palace is revealed

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The Colour Palace is revealed

A partnership of the London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery   The ‘Colour Palace’ – designed by Pricegore…

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A public space fit for a festival – City Parklets revealed for LFA

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A public space fit for a festival – City Parklets revealed for LFA

Three city parklets – specially designed by London-based architects and designers to celebrate the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) –…

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Arch-angels – LFA reveals Lunch Break

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Arch-angels – LFA reveals Lunch Break

  Lunch Break– an installation of 40 gilded angels resting on swings outside St Paul’s Cathedral – has been unveiled…

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Furniture for a festival – City Benches revealed for LFA

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Furniture for a festival – City Benches revealed for LFA

Five new public benches – specially designed by young architects and designers to celebrate the LFA – have been unveiled…

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City Installations

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City Installations

  Following three separate design competitions launched by the LFA this year, one in partnership with the City of London…

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Royal Docks Charrette Proposals Released

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Royal Docks Charrette Proposals Released

A design charrette, organised by the LFA and the Royal Docks Team (RDT) in partnership with Newham Regeneration, has produced…

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Architectural Pride float Design Competition

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Architectural Pride float Design Competition

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Architecture LGBT+ have announced a design competition for a float to represent architecture…

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LFA and City of London Corporation reveal City Parklets winners

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LFA and City of London Corporation reveal City Parklets winners

The LFA and the City of London Corporation have revealed the winners of the design competition to create three ‘parklets’…

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Lunch Break’ – St Paul’s Plinth competition winner revealed

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Lunch Break’ – St Paul’s Plinth competition winner revealed

‘Lunch Break’ – an installation by creative architecture studio KHBT in collaboration with artist Ottmar Hörl – has been announced…

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LFA and Westminster City Council reveal Harrow Road public realm shortlist

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LFA and Westminster City Council reveal Harrow Road public realm shortlist

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Westminster City Council (WCC), in partnership with the Canal and River Trust, have…

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Open Call: RA Lego Challenge

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Open Call: RA Lego Challenge

One of the London Festival of Architecture’s perennial favourites – the RA Lego Architecture Challenge – is back for 2019!…

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LFA and Cheapside Business Alliance announce winners of second edition of ‘City Benches’ design competition

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LFA and Cheapside Business Alliance announce winners of second edition of ‘City Benches’ design competition

The London Festival of Architecture and Cheapside Business Alliance have announced the five design teams chosen to create a series…

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The LFA and City of London Corporation reveal City Parklets shortlist

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The LFA and City of London Corporation reveal City Parklets shortlist

The LFA and the City of London Corporation have revealed the shortlisted teams and designers to create three ‘parklets’ –…

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Elephant Campaign Badges

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Elephant Campaign Badges

Last year we responded to a number of challenges facing our profession by launching the Elephant Campaign. The campaign launched…

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Graphic Design and Branding Competition

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Graphic Design and Branding Competition

The LFA has launched a graphic design competition to create and oversee the branding and merchandising for the 2019 edition…

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Wolfgang Buttress wins River View design competition

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Wolfgang Buttress wins River View design competition

An ‘architectural painting’ by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress has won the River View design competition to create a major new…

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Harrow Road Design Competition

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Harrow Road Design Competition

The London Festival of Architecture and Westminster Council (WCC) have announced a competition for the design of a new public…

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The St Paul’s Plinth Design Competition

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The St Paul’s Plinth Design Competition

The London Festival of Architecture and the Cheapside Business Alliance have announced a design competition to create a new installation…

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