The London Festival of Architecture returns for its 13th edition. This year’s events will allow audiences to explore the theme of ‘act’
Words by Emily Martin
London Festival of Architecture
THE LONDON Festival of Architecture (LFA) returns for its 13th edition in June. LFA 2022 will once again transform London’s neighbourhoods with a series of installations, exhibitions, talks and special events that will bring people together. This year’s event will see a return of in-person events alongside digital events, which will take place across the capital.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘act’ and will see the biggest programme of activity for the festival since 2019. It will look at ways architects should act in the face of the climate emergency, social injustice and the needs of a changing society.
This image and above Daedulum’s Tree is a labyrinthine luminarium of 19 egg-shaped domes, the spatial arrangement of which creates mysterious sight-lines. Image Credit: LUKE O’DONOVAN
Rosa Rogina, LFA’s director, said: ‘The success of LFA lies in the diversity of our programme and our ability to produce the unexpected. We’re thrilled to see how our audience will respond to “act”, especially in light of recent events including COP26, the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. I’m particularly thrilled to reveal LFA 2022 Destinations, which offer our network of events organisers the opportunity to discover unique areas across London through curated walking trails of activities. This will be a unique chance to act now and celebrate and support London boroughs, whose communities have been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.’
Events will be taking place all over the capital, with particular attention paid to selected areas to form the LFA Destinations. Featuring some of London’s most architecturally significant and diverse areas, 2022 Destinations will include the London Borough of Camden, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, City of London, Royal Docks and South Westminster. Each LFA Destination offers the public the opportunity to appreciate the architectural quality of the area, as well as attend a wealth of events taking place on curated routes within a neighbourhood in focus.
LFA 2022 will also see the return of the popular Architecture Bake Off; a public competition inviting bakers to create cakes in the shapes of iconic London buildings. Studio Lates also returns, where architecture practices open their doors to both the public and the profession every Friday in June. Additionally, LFA 2022 will feature a wide range of competitions, including the LFA Symposium in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts and Showroom Showcase.