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.

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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“Our most powerful instrument – thought”

“Our most powerful instrument – thought”

  Nadia Broccardo is Chief Executive for Team London Bridge. In this piece Nadia explores her thoughts on this year’s theme of ‘Power.’   Power – aggression, arrogance, force, control. These were the words that came to mind when the theme…

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The power of culture

The power of culture

When I heard that LFA 2020’s theme was Power – the first image that came to mind was the animation of the creation of Adam from the Sistine Chapel which was used for many years for the opening credits of…

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Jamie Sherman on LFA 2019

Jamie Sherman on LFA 2019

Kingston Smith is a firm of Chartered Accountants and leading business advisors to entrepreneurial businesses, not-for-profit organisations and private clients as well as being one of our fantastic benefactors. In this piece, partner Jamie Sherman reflects on the variety of events…

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The Places Between

The Places Between

Fliss Childs is the Head of Communications at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. In this piece Fliss with the FCBStudios team explore the theme of boundaries in relation to their exhibition The Places Between, which ran as part of the LFA 2019.   ‘More important…

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Regeneration Divide

Regeneration Divide

For our Views Section, LFA Patron Ft’work presents a series of three, hard-hitting short films, produced in collaboration with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and community-based organisations. These videos each explore this year’s LFA theme of boundaries.  Each film explores boundaries from…

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Making public art work: how do artists and architects collaborate?

Making public art work: how do artists and architects collaborate?

To celebrate the London Festival of Architecture 2019 and this year’s theme of ‘boundaries’, architectural practice BPTW, artist Chris Tipping and public art consultantsFrancisKnight are delving deeper into the creative and working processes involved in artists and architects’ practice, exploring…

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Thames Connections: past, present and future

Thames Connections: past, present and future

Matthew Morgan is a consultant for Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and has been crafting stories in magazine journalism, book publishing, branding and communications for over 20 years, primarily for architects and designers. Matthew attended the Thames Connection debate hosted by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands at Body…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 10

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 10

In an exciting collaboration with the Design Museum, ‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’  highlights the work by 10 emerging voices in architecture, who have each been nominated by  established names in the profession, for their impact on shaping a new future…

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Postcode.

Postcode.

For our Views Section, LFA Patron Ft’work presents a series of three, hard-hitting short films, produced in collaboration with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and community-based organisations. These videos each explore this year’s LFA theme of boundaries.  Each film explores boundaries from…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 9

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 9

In an exciting collaboration with the Design Museum, ‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’  highlights the work by 10 emerging voices in architecture, who have each been nominated by  established names in the profession, for their impact on shaping a new future…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 8

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 8

In an exciting collaboration with the Design Museum, ‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’  highlights the work by 10 emerging voices in architecture, who have each been nominated by established names in the profession, for their impact on shaping a new future…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 7

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 7

In an exciting collaboration with the Design Museum, ‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’  highlights the work by 10 emerging voices in architecture, who have each been nominated by  established names in the profession, for their impact on shaping a new future…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 6

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 6

In an exciting collaboration with the Design Museum, ‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’  highlights the work by 10 emerging voices in architecture, who have each been nominated by established names in the profession, for their impact on shaping a new future…

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