The London Festival of Architecture has always proved to be a platform for vigorous debate – both about our theme and about wider issues affecting London. On our Views Pages we give space to a range of contributors including industry leaders, curators, academics, politicians and other less-heard voices to express their views and ideas. These are their opinions and not necessarily those of the Festival. We hope you find them in equal parts inspiring and challenging.

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 continued to rise in order to care for the resulting…

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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 older people live alone, with increased risk of social isolation…

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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 and react to new patterns of living and working we…

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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 that Barcelona and Paris are denser than New York. Many…

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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 occupiers: doing justice to the people who have lived there…

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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 the local climate so that people have a better experience.…

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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 I do. I care about what the resident will feel…

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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 and the experience of work for individuals. The war for…

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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. I was staggered recently to calculate that this amounts to…

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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 love. An area with a unique history, identity and cultural…

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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 come together and express themselves is a growing problem, not…

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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 London Festival of Architecture. Smeg is proud to support 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. Constrained by greenbelt and low-rise suburban scale, outer London has…

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Nicola Friel from VitrA London on design for emotional care

Nicola Friel from VitrA London on design for emotional care

Soon the windows of VitrA’s new Turnmill Street showroom will be displaying a unique installation sculpted ingeniously from paper as part of London Festival of Architecture’s exciting Showroom Showcase competition. We’re delighted to be involved in promoting the UK’s emerging…

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Universities: more students, less carbon – squaring the circle

Universities: more students, less carbon – squaring the circle

There has been a continued growth in undergraduate students in the UK since the mid-1990s, passing the magic 50% participation rate in 2017/18. Remarkably, this has been despite a demographic fall in the number of 18 year-olds over the last…

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Caring for cyclists, caring for streets

Caring for cyclists, caring for streets

Peter Murray is the founder of the London Festival of Architecture and Curator-in-Chief of NLA.  In this piece he opens up about a competition he has been working on recently, focused on the theme of 'care'.

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Thoughts on Care in Architecture

Thoughts on Care in Architecture

Will Hurst, managing editor of  The Architects' Journal, is a member of the LFA's 2021 Curatorial Panel. In this essay he shares his interpretation of our 2021 theme of 'care'.

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Care…

Care…

Dipa Joshi, Mayor's Design Advocate and Partner at Fletcher Priest, is a member of the LFA's 2021 Curatorial Panel. In this essay she shares her interpretation of our 2021 theme of 'care'.

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Can Architecture Care?

Can Architecture Care?

Manijeh Verghese, Head of Public Engagement at the Architectural Association, is a member of the LFA's 2021 Curatorial Panel. In this essay she shares her interpretation of our 2021 theme of 'care'.

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Winter Windows

Winter Windows

Julia Nicholls is Director of Public Relations at Squire & Partners, part of the LFA Festival Club. In this piece, Julia shares with us the practice’s Winter Windows installation at The Department Store, Brixton, in collaboration with local teenagers.

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Making Models

Making Models

We're delighted to share this short film from LFA Patrons Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, which explores the role that making models plays in their work. The film was produced by Tom Thistlethwaite and Anna Rank for FCBStudios.

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Learning from Taiwan: An LFA Visit to Taiwan

Learning from Taiwan: An LFA Visit to Taiwan

André Holmqvist is Programme Manager at the London Festival of Architecture. In this essay he tells of his visit to Taiwan.

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Discovering Empowerment

Discovering Empowerment

We wanted to make a short film for the London Festival of Architecture exploring what POWER – their 2020 theme means to young people (aged 16-20) living in Brixton but then along came Covid-19 and the lockdown made it impossible…

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Discover the latest from the world of architecture & design with Aesthetica

Discover the latest from the world of architecture & design with Aesthetica

Aesthetica is the destination for art and culture. Each edition keeps readers up-to-date with the latest developments in the sector, whilst providing year-round visual inspiration.

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Equipping designers to create a  sustainable post-pandemic future

Equipping designers to create a sustainable post-pandemic future

Louisa Bowles is a Partner and Head of Sustainability at Hawkins\Brown. In this essay she explores the ways in which architects have the power to help us reach net-zero buildings.

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Conversations on power: Jeremy Goldstein, Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler

Conversations on power: Jeremy Goldstein, Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler

Jeremy Goldstein is the founder and director of London Artists Projects and the creator of ‘Truth to Power Café’. In this piece he speaks with Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler, directors of Unscene Architecture and co-curators of the British Pavilion…

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Ellie Stathaki: Curation Panel Picks

Ellie Stathaki: Curation Panel Picks

Ellie Stathaki is Architecture Editor at Wallpaper* magazine and part of this year's LFA Curation Panel. In this piece, Ellie selects her favourite events in the LFA Digital Programme.

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Expansive Programming: LFA in Aesthetica Magazine

Expansive Programming: LFA in Aesthetica Magazine

Aesthetica Magazine is the destination for art and culture, and we’re delighted to have them on board as media partners for LFA Digital 2020.    For their new June/July issue, Aesthetica are exploring realignment and hope, considering how to connect and…

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People power in the delivery of better housing

People power in the delivery of better housing

Paul Karakusevic is the founder of Karakusevic Carson Architects, one of the Mayor’s Design Advocate and part of this year’s LFA Curation Panel. In this piece Paul shares his thoughts on Power.

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“What if we focused instead on empowerment?”

“What if we focused instead on empowerment?”

Clare Richards is the founder and director of ft'work, working to help create thriving communities and ensure clear social principles underpin development within the built environment. In this essay she shares her thoughts on our 2020 theme of 'power'.

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“Power is about making things happen”

“Power is about making things happen”

Ros Morgan is Chief Executive of the Heart of London Business Alliance. In this essay, Ros explores this year's theme of 'power'.

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The power of a festival

The power of a festival

Owen Wainhouse is the Deputy Director for the London Festival of Architecture. Following the open call for LFA 2020, Owen reflects on the theme for this year's festival - 'Power'.

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Empowering Architecture

Empowering Architecture

Gonzalo Herrero Delicado is the Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts and part of this year’s LFA Curation Panel. In this piece, Gonzalo shares his thoughts on Power.  When I first heard about Power as the theme…

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Who holds the power?

Who holds the power?

Angela Dapper is a Principal at Grimshaw, currently overseeing their hotels and commercial projects, and part of this year’s LFA Curation Panel. In this piece Angela explores her thoughts on this year’s theme of ‘Power.’    Power and practice: who…

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The power of a brand

The power of a brand

Following the open call for LFA2020, LFA Project Coordinator Eliza Grosvenor reflects on the LFA’s recent graphic design competition and the striking merchandise it produced. In January 2019, we launched a graphic design competition to create and oversee the branding…

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Shifting power dynamics

Shifting power dynamics

Ellie Stathaki is Architecture Editor at Wallpaper* magazine and part of this year’s LFA Curation Panel. In this piece, Ellie explores her thoughts on this year’s theme of ‘Power.’ Investigating notions of power during the 2020 London Festival of Architecture…

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