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.

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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