London Festival of Architecture 2014: Ten of the best events this year

By Christian Engel | 27 May 2014

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s London Festival of Architecture runs throughout June and will revolve around the theme of “capital”

Photo of a white construction
Rainforest is the name of a five metre high public pavilion. The construction of the Chilean-German GUN Architects will be installed in London's Bedford Square during the Summer of 2014.© GUN Architects
Throughout June over 150 events and activities will explore London’s role as Britain’s seat of government and finance – and how it gets shaped by human, natural, social and digital capital.

The programme consists of installations, exhibitions, film screenings, performances, cycle rides and family events.

Architects, engineers, designers and artists will reveal their workshops to the public, and open their studios.

From one-off access to the tallest skyscrapers, a public vote for London’s best new building to star critics airing their views and star architects showcasing their latest achievements, this year's festival is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Here's our highlights:

Ten of the best...

29 May - 03 July
Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 4BS

An exhibition by photographer Christopher Hauser consisting of pictures of the skylines from cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York.

Capital City
03 June - 21 June
Orso Major Gallery, 19 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RJ

An exhibition exploring the contrast between the sharpness of photographs of iconic buildings and city landscapes of London and the immediacy of linocuts.

London's Growing Up: The City of London
07 June | 10:45 - 13:00
Meeting Point: St. Paul's Underground Station,
The exit next to Cafe Nero, EC2V 6AA

A guided walk through London’s history of tall buildings that have been blossoming since World War II.

Architecture on the Thames: Sunset Boat Tour
07 June | 18:30 - 21:45
Meeting Point: Festival Pier, South Bank, SE1 8XZ

Explore architectural milestones alongside the River Thames with n architect giving expert commentary on the buildings.

The Ugliest Buildings in London
08 June | 10:00 - 14:00
Meeting point: Goodge Street Underground Station, 75 Tottenham Court Rd, W1P 9PA

Relish in the city’s architectural nadir for a change and with tnis tour of London’s most unpleasant edifices.

Capital within the Capital
08 June | 14:00 - 15:00
Meeting Point: The square in front of Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2Y 7HH

Another walk tracing the beginnings and growth of financial institutions such as the Bank of England via their architecture.

Will Self - Talk on London’s Architecture
09 June | 19:30 - 21:00
Kings Place, Hall 2, N1  9AG

Will Self - an adroit and typically mordant architecture critic - will explore the relationship between financial capital and new architecture in London. 

Housing Londoners: Is it just a numbers game?
16 June | 19:00 - 20:30
Kings Place, 90 York Way , N1 9AG

How can London’s rapidly growing population be housed in a way that is affordable and of aesthetic value at the same time? The talk will tackle this issue.

The RA Lego Architecture Challenge
22 June | 14:00 - 16:00
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, W1J 0BD

Renowned teams of architects, such as the Stirling prize-winners Zaha Hadid Architects and Witherford Watson Mann, will compete with each other, building proposals for a new cultural quarter in London with Lego bricks.

New Perspectives: A Celebration at Balfron
21 June | 12:00 - 19:00
Balfron Tower and sites across Poplar, St Leonards Road , E14 0QT

Ten international architects from countries including Iran, Uganda, and Taiwan, will discuss the influence of émigré architecture on London and propose new design ideas for Poplar – the area which is home to Ernö Goldfinger’s iconic Balfron Tower.

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