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.

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 5

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 5

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. 4

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 4

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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The Passage on Boundaries

The Passage on Boundaries

  The Passage is a charity based in Westminster that supports people who are street homeless or living in insecure accommodation. In this piece they explore how they help homeless people transform their lives and overcome the boundaries of homelessness.…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 3

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 3

  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…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 2

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 2

  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…

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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 1

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 1

  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…

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For the love of colour – Visiting Yinka Ilori and Pricegore’s ‘The Colour Palace’

For the love of colour – Visiting Yinka Ilori and Pricegore’s ‘The Colour Palace’

  Ilaria Vignolo is Marketing and Communications Coordinator at New London Architecture. In this piece she shares her first impressions of ‘The Colour Palace’, an installation designed by Pricegore with Yinka Ilori for the London Festival of Architecture, the second…

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On Apps and Infrastructure

On Apps and Infrastructure

In his first essay for our Views section, KB Yeoh explores how apps  are affecting the space between our buildings and how infrastructure is failing to keep up.  KB is an associate and project manager at Jackson Coles. Deliveroo, Uber…

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Without Walls

Without Walls

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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Jamie Sherman on Boundaries

Jamie Sherman on Boundaries

Jamie Sherman is a partner at Kingston Smith. Kingston Smith’s origins go back 95 years and many of our client relationships span decades. Our partners have unparalleled knowledge of compliance needs, international and UK accounting standards (IFRS and FRS102) and SRA…

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Borrowed Boundaries

Borrowed Boundaries

As part of the LFA Opening Party, Design Concept Store RB12 kindly decorated the beautiful Minster Building in London. In this essay, Kate Nannery, from the RB12 Design Space & Showroom, explores the theme of Boundaries.    The theme for this…

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Frida Escobedo Designing for Maestro Dobel

Frida Escobedo Designing for Maestro Dobel

How Frida Escobedo joined forces with Maestro DOBEL® Tequila to break boundaries and elevate the tequila drinking experience. Kindly sponsoring cocktails at the LFA reception at Burlington Arcade on Friday 14 June, Maestro Dobel® tells the story of their collaboration…

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Brixton Boundaries, a community project by Squire & Partners and AWMA

Brixton Boundaries, a community project by Squire & Partners and AWMA

AWMA are an experimental design collective whose work tells stories through art and architecture. Squire & Partners is an award winning architecture and design practice with a reputation for architecture informed by history and place. Both are based in Brixton.…

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Fluid Boundaries – community contemporary dance performances responding to architectural landmarks.

Fluid Boundaries – community contemporary dance performances responding to architectural landmarks.

LFA Patron, ft’work, is partnering with leading contemporary dance company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in public dance responses to the festival theme of ‘boundaries’, bridging the gap between physical, social and cultural barriers. ft’work founder, Clare Richards, has been watching the…

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Breaking Boundaries and Fostering Collaboration

Breaking Boundaries and Fostering Collaboration

  Andy Downey, one of the directors at Elliott Wood, explores what it means to break boundaries and foster collaboration in the new Elliott Wood powered space – “The Building Society”.   The rate of change affecting the environment and…

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Alessandro Chiola on Boundaries

Alessandro Chiola on Boundaries

  Alessandro Chiola is an architect at BPTW, one of our Festival Club members. His piece was one of 2 chosen entries selected by the practice following an internal ‘Boundaries’ competition run for its staff. In this essay, Alessandro discusses…

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Charles Holland on Boundaries

Charles Holland on Boundaries

  Charles Holland is an architect and lecturer who was one of the leading partners of the seminal collective FAT (Fashion, Architecture, Taste). In this essay, Charles shares his thoughts on our our 2019 theme of boundaries.   My former practice…

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Sainabou Jack on Boundaries

Sainabou Jack on Boundaries

  Sainabou Jack is an architect at BPTW, one of our Festival Club members. Her piece was one of two chosen entries selected by the practice following an internal ‘Boundaries’ competition run for its staff.   “‘Boundless’ is a poem…

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Emily Gee on Boundaries

Emily Gee on Boundaries

  Emily Gee is Regional Director for Historic England,London & South East. In this essay, Emily shares her thoughts on our our 2019 theme of boundaries.   At Historic England we talk a lot about how London’s cherished views belong to everyone,…

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Ros Morgan on Boundaries

Ros Morgan on Boundaries

Ros Morgan is Chief Executive of the Heart of London Business Alliance. In this essay, Ros talks about the important challenge of choosing which boundaries to celebrate and which ones to obscure.   The Heart of London Business Alliance is…

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Rob Fiehn on Boundaries

Rob Fiehn on Boundaries

      The more I think about the abstract concept of boundaries, the more I become confusingly ambivalent. I’ve always thought about them as wholly negative. A boundary is like a border or a wall (concepts which have been…

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Fluid Boundaries – community contemporary dance performances responding to architectural landmarks

Fluid Boundaries – community contemporary dance performances responding to architectural landmarks

LFA Patron, ft’work, is partnering with leading contemporary dance company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in a public dance response to the Festival’s theme of ‘boundaries’, bridging the gap between physical, social and cultural barriers. Here’s our first update.   SJD has…

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Boundaries Change…

Boundaries Change…

Living and working in Spitalfields, I have seen the boundaries of time change a neighbourhood for the better. Commercial Street used to be a major division between the City of London and the poorer parts of our neighbourhood, carved out…

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Vanessa Norwood on Boundaries

Vanessa Norwood on Boundaries

Boundaries shift. Architecture is often viewed with a sense of permanence but time brings a fluidity to the physical fabric of our cities. Boundaries are not erased with each new community that settles but reclaimed, repositioned and repurposed. Architecture adapts.…

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Clare Richards on Boundaries

Clare Richards on Boundaries

I did two things this week in preparation for LFA 2019. The first was to visit a hospital-based project in Waterloo that intercepts young victims of gang violence and then works with them for 6 months back home. The second…

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Peter Murray on the streets of London and boundaries

Peter Murray on the streets of London and boundaries

The West End Project is a splendid thing. It involves widening the pavements of Tottenham Court Road, excluding all motor vehicles except for buses. Gower Street will revert to two lanes for traffic and will be enhanced by a segregated…

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Martyn Evans on Boundaries

Martyn Evans on Boundaries

Where does one place end and another begin? The nature of commercial development in cities like London means that sites are almost always developed in complete isolation. The need to deliver independently viable schemes drives development language: ‘Our scheme in…

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Breaking Boundaries and Transforming a Society

Breaking Boundaries and Transforming a Society

Del Hossain is Managing Director of Adrem Group. Del is an Architect, a Wellbeing Psychologist, a former London Business Mentor of the Year and has been a Managing Editor for Business publications for the RIBA. In this essay he shares…

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Peter Murray on Boundaries

Peter Murray on Boundaries

Peter Murray is the founder of the London Festival of Architecture and the chairman of New London Architecture. In this essay he shares his thoughts on our 2019 theme of boundaries. London grew and flourished because of its river, but…

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Kellay on Boundaries

Kellay on Boundaries

Meneesha Kellay is public programmes curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects and was previously curator at the Museum of Architecture and assistant director of the Architectural Association Night School. She is also a member of our curation panel.…

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Guy on Boundaries

Guy on Boundaries

Tom Guy is a partner at Guy Piper Architects and the founder of the Architecture LGBT+ network, and this year worked with the LFA on a competition to design a float for the 2018 Pride in London parade. He is also…

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Castle on Boundaries

Castle on Boundaries

Sarah Castle is a founding director of IF_DO, an award-winning architecture practice, and is a chapter lead for Urbanistas, a network supporting women working in the built environment. She is also a member of our curation panel. In this essay…

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Upham on Boundaries

Upham on Boundaries

Sumitra Upham is curator of public programmes at the Design Museum. Previously, she was design curator at Oxo Tower Wharf, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and part of the exhibitions team at White Cube, London. She’s…

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Ogunmuyiwa on Boundaries

Ogunmuyiwa on Boundaries

David Ogunmuyiwa is founder of ArchitectureDoingPlace. He is unique in the UK having worked as an estate officer for social landlords including Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Circle 33, before retraining as an architect. He is also a member of…

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Bevan on Boundaries

Bevan on Boundaries

Robert Bevan is architecture critic for the London Evening Standard. He’s also a member of our Curation Panel. In this essay he shares his thoughts on our 2019 theme of boundaries. We live in a London that is in danger…

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A Benefactor’s Reflections

A Benefactor’s Reflections

In this essay, Jamie Sherman, Partner at Kingston Smith, shares his memories of the 2018 London Festival of Architecture. Kingston Smith is a Benefactor of the LFA. So it turns out architects have more fun than I realised! When Kingston…

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