Views

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.

Fluid Boundaries

Fluid Boundaries

As we celebrate #LFAat20, Clare Richards reflects on how the Festival has evolved over the years to engage with broader communities in London, with support from Footwork.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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