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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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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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Meet the Designers: City Benches

Meet the Designers: City Benches

In the Summer of 2021 the LFA revealed the winning benches for the fourth edition of City Benches. We chatted…

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Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (2)

Meet the Designers: Pews and Perches (2)

In Autumn 2020, the LFA revealed the winning benches for the second edition of Pews and Perches. We chatted to…

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South Ken Green Trail – Designers Talks

South Ken Green Trail – Designers Talks

In 2021 we introduced Designers Talk. A new video series featuring exclusive interviews with winners of past and present LFA competitions.…

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The Festival City

The Festival City

The Festival City is a curatorial research project by Rosa Rogina (Director, LFA) delivered as part of her research residency…

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Building Sounds: Here East w/David Bickle & Gavin Poole

Building Sounds: Here East w/David Bickle & Gavin Poole

Building Sounds: Here East, w/David Bickle (Hawkins Brown) and Gavin Poole (Here East) In this episode we explore the birth…

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Power Podcasts: Revealing the Silent Structures of the Royal Docks

Power Podcasts: Revealing the Silent Structures of the Royal Docks

As part of LFA2020, the LFA worked closely with the Royal Docks Team on an exciting architecture podcast series ‘Power…

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Meet the Designer: The Tooley Street Triangle

Meet the Designer: The Tooley Street Triangle

In July 2020, The LFA and Team London Bridge unveiled The Tooley Street Triangle – a new wayfinding beacon designed…

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The act of removal

The act of removal

  “[homeplace is] …that place where we would be affirmed in our minds and hearts, despite poverty, hardship and deprivation, where we could restore to ourselves the dignity denied to…

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The Festival City

The Festival City

Due to their temporary nature, festivals can often be distanced from the life of the cities in which they are held. Yet, it is precisely their temporal dimension that can…

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Amanprit Arnold on ‘Act’

Amanprit Arnold on ‘Act’

  We’ve asked Amanprit Arnold, one of the LFA 2022 curation panellists, to share her views on our new theme #act. There is no question that climate change is knocking…

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How do we use innovation and insight to build an even more connected and caring borough?

How do we use innovation and insight to build an even more connected and caring borough?

In a year of turbulence and challenge, families and communities have been disconnected and isolated, bringing many challenges for residents in London and beyond. In turn, pressure on services has…

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Jestico + Whiles on Darwin Court

Jestico + Whiles on Darwin Court

After nearly 20 successful years, the principles of social interaction and personal choice that we embodied in Darwin Court are more relevant and important than ever. Today, approximately 3.8 million…

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How public realm 2.0 can learn from digital space

How public realm 2.0 can learn from digital space

In London we have a diversity of high-quality public spaces, which have evolved over time and heavily contributed to the ways we use our city. As we emerge from lockdowns…

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High Density, Low Rise, Zero Carbon

High Density, Low Rise, Zero Carbon

  There are many well-used references for advocating low rise density over height in a masterplan: that housing densities in low-rise Notting Hill are higher than many tower blocks; or…

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EcoWorld London on how to create a healthy community

EcoWorld London on how to create a healthy community

Image: Aberfeldy Street, Courtesy of EcoWorld London When creating a new community, you cannot just care about the next generation. You have to care about every generation of users and…

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Unlocking Spaces for Everyone

Unlocking Spaces for Everyone

Image: Elements of Bioclimatic Design © AKT II   Bioclimatic design serves the intersection between ‘biology’ and climate’, and is essentially about designing buildings and landscapes with a response to…

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A Poem on Care by Anna Sullivan

A Poem on Care by Anna Sullivan

I care about what I do. I care about the way I do it. I care about the people I work with. I care about the people affected by what…

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Care in workplace design: Thoughts on moving from activity-based working to collaboration-based learning

Care in workplace design: Thoughts on moving from activity-based working to collaboration-based learning

Image copyright: Woods Bagot   Even after a year of working from home, we know that physical offices are crucial to initiate, embed and reinforce the culture of an organisation…

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Commuting and my carbon footprint

Commuting and my carbon footprint

For over 20 years I have been a committed commuter, travelling daily between South West London and Central London covering the daily return of 42 miles by bicycle or train.…

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Squire & Partners on collective strength and communities working together

Squire & Partners on collective strength and communities working together

As the saying goes – the more you put in, the more you get out. Since our involvement in Brixton’s creative community began in 2015, it’s been a labour of…

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tp bennett on the growing issue of funding cuts in youth centres in London

tp bennett on the growing issue of funding cuts in youth centres in London

Image credit: Natasha Tiltman Funding cuts of 70% have seen 750 youth centres in the UK close in the last decade. The desperate lack of spaces for young people to…

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Smeg on product design and LFA Bake Off 2021

Smeg on product design and LFA Bake Off 2021

Smeg UK is delighted to partner with the New London Architecture for the first time in 2021 and is excited to be involved in several initiatives. First up is the…

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The Equitable Suburb

The Equitable Suburb

Image credit: The Equitable Suburb, Glenn Howells Architects   For 2021’s London Festival of Architecture on the theme of Care, Glenn Howells Architects is exploring the evolution of the suburbs.…

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