The 2022 London Festival of Architecture highlights

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The 2022 London Festival of Architecture is again with its usual summer slot to entice us to find out additional about and get included with our designed environment. Kicking off currently (1 June) and long lasting for the length of June, the capital’s frequent architectural extravaganza persevered in digital and hybrid varieties as a result of a couple of unusual several years, described not only by Covid lockdowns, but also by innovation, creativity and resilience as the globe and the architecture industry modified to the realities of the ongoing pandemic. Now, the pageant, under the management of new director Rosa Rogina (who took about the reins immediately after Tamsie Thomson’s departure in 2021), has indeed returned in total pressure, blending studio visits with lectures, pavilions, installations and exhibitions, and more.

The programme this calendar year, designed about the overarching theme of ‘Act’, shows breadth and depth via about 400 diverse functions listed here are some of its highlights. 

Highlights from the 2022 London Festival of Architecture

The Davidson Prize winner announced

Entry from the longlist: Will King and Hari Kumar – A Taste of House

The Davidson Prize champions innovation and creativeness, creativity and multi-disciplinarity. This year’s longlist was announced just in time for the 2022 London Pageant of Architecture, revealing 14 teams who have responded to the brief of reimagining residing. This year’s concept was Co-Living – A New Upcoming, and in it the selected types offer you a suitably varied range of options. Chair of The Davidson Prize jury Paul Monaghan stated: ‘The calibre of submissions for this year’s prize was truly amazing and it was intriguing to see how people’s techniques to co-dwelling may possibly have adjusted in the aftermath of the pandemic. Even though there are similarities in lots of of the submissions, every single of the 14 longlisted teams set ahead an revolutionary resolution to this year’s concept – we have obtained a tough task in advance of us now to agree on the 3 finalists.’ The winner will be introduced in June, throughout the festival. 

Camden Highline and Inexperienced Loop walking excursions and exhibition 

It looks like London is finding its possess Highline and it’s accurately these kinds of initiatives, use of open up and eco-friendly spaces, and publicly obtainable leafiness that the 2022 London Festival of Architecture is all about. The Camden Highline by Camden City Unlimited was recently granted its organizing acceptance, so if you are curious to come across out more about this forthcoming new bit of public realm, join this tour hosted by Camden Town Collective. Meanwhile, organised by the exact same group, an exhibition at the Auction Rooms (5-7 Buck St) explores a lot more deeply the design, strategy and future ahead. 

The Cell Arboretum by Wayward

Images: Luke O’Donovan

Greening London’s Cheapside with a sprinkle of leafy models, The Cell Arboretum is motivated by the collective history of the London markets. The installation’s diverse features are abstractly drawing on a series of market ‘carts’ or ‘barrows’. Each and every of them is planted with a vary of species that will be allowed to develop and take over, throughout the program of the competition. ‘The barrows will house the trees/saplings around the summer season, having care of them until finally it is time to transfer them on to their new households, helping to see the legacy of a serious urban forest at faculties and neighborhood gardens in and all-around the neighbourhood,’ the organisers say. 

Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London 

Museum of the Nineteenth Century, Exploded Axonometric (Public Landscape)

Coinciding with the start out of the 2022 London Pageant of Architecture, Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London is the inaugural show at the newly opened Zaha Hadid Foundation in central London. Digging deep into the Foundation’s collections and archives, which include works by the late excellent Dame Zaha Hadid, this display focuses on London and its likely as a result of the architect’s eyes and drawings. ‘Anchoring this exhibition is London 2066 (1991), a massive-scale portray envisioning London 75 years into the long run. In this painting, Hadid proposes a radical rethinking of the town: the centre of London is stretched eastwards and its arteries move in new instructions. This growth of the metropolis eastwards is realised in the iconic London Aquatics Centre, constructed for the 2012 Olympic Video games,’ the basis assertion reveals. Its director Professor Paul Greenhalgh states: ‘Our aim is to facilitate the perform of architects, designers, artists, students, and the basic community alike, in purchase to advance know-how across the creative sector. This exhibition by the Courtauld’s MA Curating college students is the first in a collection of imaginative collaborations with instructional partners.’ 

RA Architecture Symposium: Be A lot more Colin – Alicia Pivaro 

‘Sharing moments of imaginative, civic electricity that present hope. Agency not charity. A unfastened collection of thoughts and applications that may possibly inform our doing the job in direction of the notion of a co-developed city that is just, type and sustainable. Anarchist wondering is at the root of this and Colin Ward is my hero,’ states artist, educator and activist Alicia Pivaro of her speak, which can take location at the Royal Academy of Arts during the festival. Pivaro is completely ready to talk about how to make improve transpire for our cities.

Tuesday 7 June, 1-5pm, Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

The Lebanese Home: saving a house conserving a city 

Photography: Colombe Clier

French-Lebanese architect Annabel Karim Kassar and her studio AKK are guiding this installation at the V&A Museum. It features the 4-metre significant recreated 19th-century household in Beirut, Lebanon, that highlights the destruction of countless numbers of properties in the city (equally modern day and heritage), subsequent the devastating 2020 Beirut port explosion. The architect aims to ‘highlight the craft abilities utilized in the primary creation and existing preservation of these vulnerable historic buildings’. The shows also incorporate specially commissioned movies on the party. 

James Retief: Tidal Rooms

Strong imagery and key photographic ability are on display screen at Gareth Gardner Gallery with Tidal Rooms, a solo demonstrate by architectural photographer James Retief. For the 2022 London Pageant of Architecture, the south London artwork area is launching an ‘exploration of monumental buildings on the Thames foreshore’, as a series of substantial-format prints. The operates are the outcome of a job Retief kicked off in 2019. ‘The theatrical monumentality of these utilitarian buildings offers a prosperous backdrop for community daily life,’ he clarifies. ‘There’s the sense of an empty phase comprehensive of civic opportunity, with clues as to what definitely public house can aspire to realize.’


Pictures: James Tye

If you take pleasure in getting palms-on with model-earning and architectural workshops, join architecture educators Matt+Fiona at Hackney Bridge for Act-ivate! The event encourages individuals to reimagine London, and how we dwell, do the job and engage in in our at any time-changing metropolis. Cardboard, para-wire, neon fabric and your creativity are all you require – and all ages are welcome. 

University of Activism Forum 

London organisations, these types of as the Bad Collective (witnessed below one particular of their initiatives in motion: Carney’s Mural 5) assistance younger people hook up with their crafted surroundings. Photography: Nick Cornwall

Meanwhile, if the 2022 London Festival of Architecture encouraged you to acquire part in some architecture and design and style activism, but you really don’t know exactly where to start off, the Faculty of Activism Discussion board could be just the point for you. ‘[It is] a working day of shows, workshops, talks and discussion about youth-centred neighbourhood activism to help and enlighten younger people’s involvement in, and engagement with, their local developed environments,’ the organisers at Resourceful Wick, demonstrate. Interaction and debate are very inspired.