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The London Festival of Architecture is a platform for debate and exchange about the shape of our city.

On this page, you’ll find a range of contributions by industry leaders, curators, academics, politicians and other less-heard voices to express their views and ideas. We hope that these will spark creativity and inspiration, and provide opportunities for learning and knowledge sharing, championing good design and inclusive practices

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LFA at 20 – Reimagine

LFA at 20 – Reimagine

In a time of climate and cost of living crisis, social injustice and inequality, our role as active citizens has…

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Reflecting on LFA2023

Reflecting on LFA2023

And just like that, the festival has come to a close! Once again, the city was brought to life in June with a month long series of activities and activations,…

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Celebrating LFA2023

Celebrating LFA2023

It’s time to look back at #LFA2023! 🎉 This year’s Festival was an opportunity to revisit the mission of opening…

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Meet the Designers: Showroom Showcase (3)

Meet the Designers: Showroom Showcase (3)

As part of LFA 2023, the LFA unveiled the winning installations for the third edition of Showroom Showcase. Now in…

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (4)

Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (4)

As part of LFA 2023, the LFA unveiled the winning benches for the fourth edition of Pews and Perches. The…

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‘In Common’: Reflections from the LFA2023 Curation Panel

‘In Common’: Reflections from the LFA2023 Curation Panel

We have more in common than we know. But how do we create and shape the space we share: our…

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LFA2022 Look Back

LFA2022 Look Back

It’s time to look back at #LFA2022! 🎉 We hope you had as much fun as we did exploring the…

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30 Objects 30 Days: Act

30 Objects 30 Days: Act

For this year’s edition of 30 Objects in 30 Days we asked 30 members of the LFA community to nominate…

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Life after the festival: its legacy continues!

Life after the festival: its legacy continues!

June? What a month it has been! In my first year as LFA Director, the festival has returned at full power across London with an exceptional line up of over…

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Come along to a celebration of architecture, community and place in Somers Town

Come along to a celebration of architecture, community and place in Somers Town

© NOOMA Studio   The London Borough of Camden, one of the LFA 2022 Destinations, is rich in the variety of its architecture and communities, working and living in the…

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Key Actors: People and projects shaping the Royal Docks

Key Actors: People and projects shaping the Royal Docks

As part of LFA2022 we’re sharing five new stories, exploring the people and projects shaping the Royal Docks. From City…

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Actually Act!

Actually Act!

Image: Members of the Legacy Youth Voice Act. What does it mean and how do you actually do it? In my experience as a 20-year-old female student, I have seen…

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Meet the Designers: Showroom Showcase (2)

Meet the Designers: Showroom Showcase (2)

As part of LFA 2022, the LFA unveiled the winning installations for the second edition of Showroom Showcase. Now in…

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Should young people have to take action for their own empowerment?

Should young people have to take action for their own empowerment?

Thiaran, Olivia, Jaimie and Eden who are growing up on estates around Clapham Park want to tell you about how much power they feel they have as young, black South…

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (3)

Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (3)

As part of LFA 2022, the LFA unveiled the winning benches for the third edition of Pews and Perches. The…

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Chris Laing on ‘Act’ in relation to the British Sign Language

Chris Laing on ‘Act’ in relation to the British Sign Language

The above video is a BSL translation of the below article written by Chris Laing. The translation has been done by Dionne Thomas, Director of Diverse Signs   My interpretation of…

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Farouk Agoro on ‘Act’

Farouk Agoro on ‘Act’

Image credit: Music video by The Roots performing The Next Movement. © 1999 Geffen Records The anticipation arose as time froze I stared off the stage with my eyes closed…

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Meet the Designers: Showroom Showcase (1)

Meet the Designers: Showroom Showcase (1)

For the 2021 edition of LFA, some of London’s most respected design brands offered up the windows of their showrooms to…

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Meet the Designers: North Acton benches

Meet the Designers: North Acton benches

Three benches were unveiled as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2021 in North Acton Square. Ealing Council teamed…

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London Festival of Architecture’s collaboration with Donna Asiimwe and Kampala Design Week with the support of the British Council

London Festival of Architecture’s collaboration with Donna Asiimwe and Kampala Design Week with the support of the British Council

In 2021 we announced an exciting collaboration between the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Kampala Design Week (KDW). The…

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30 Objects in 30 Days: Power

30 Objects in 30 Days: Power

For our 2020 edition of 30 Objects in 30 Days we asked 30 leading figures to nominate one object that they…

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (1)

Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (1)

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

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30 Objects in 30 Days: Care

30 Objects in 30 Days: Care

What ‘object’ best represents care and architecture for you? For the second edition of LFA’s 30 Objects in 30 Days,…

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Meet the Designers: Sitting Pretty

Meet the Designers: Sitting Pretty

In Autumn of 2020, the LFA ran a competition for architecture and design students, recent graduates and emerging practitioners to…

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