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7 Mar 2019

London Festival of Architecture 2019 City Parklets News

London Festival of Architecture and City of London Corporation reveal City Parklets shortlist

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and the City of London Corporation have revealed the shortlisted teams and designers to create three ‘parklets’ – miniature landscaped spaces to be installed across the City of London when the LFA returns to London’s streets in June 2019.

Architects, designers and artists were invited to submit a design proposal for a parklet that will transform a kerbside area into a place to rest, relax and admire the City – bringing additional life and greenery to the City’s streets and public spaces during the world’s largest annual architecture festival.

Seven teams and designers overcame competition from 91 entrants to make this shortlist, which comprises:

Fatkin
Fatkin is an emerging architectural practice based in West London. Founded in 2014, the team offer a dynamic, flexible approach to each project. Working across a range of typologies and scales throughout the UK, they have significant experience delivering aspects of masterplan visions for revitalised public realms, residential and transport nodes.

FS Studio
Formed in 2019 in San Francisco, FS Studio is a team with divergent backgrounds that balance each other, leading towards rich stories from which to draw the bones, arch and details of a space. The team desire to improve public and private space through sustainably innovative, and vibrant places connecting everyone through the Story of their Space.

PARTI
PARTI is an emerging architecture and design practice. Formed in 2015 by Eleanor Hill and Tom Leahy, the London-based studio is working on a range of projects locally and internationally. This includes a rural hotel in Australia; a mixed-use scheme in the Californian desert; and residential projects in the UK.

Patrick McEvoy
Patrick is an architectural designer who undertakes small scale public interventions; his work celebrates the idiosyncrasies that make spaces memorable and engaging.

SoHo+Co, Rupert Muldoon and Deborah Smith
SoHo+Co is a London-based design practice founded by Jasmin Sohi and Tom Holberton, and is collaborating with curator Deborah Smith and landscape designer Rupert Muldoon. The team enjoy the tension between the defined and the undefined to create ideas, stories, objects and spaces, where human interaction completes the scene.

Tim Denton
Tim Denton is a Manchester based design and build studio, specialising in the design and production of bespoke furniture, spaces and structures. Founded in 2016, the practice comprises three core team members who share a  passion for creating objects that engage with people and the surrounding environment.

Urben & Wood Street Walls
Urben is an urban design and planning studio founded in 2012.We believe that cities should be vibrant places that are open and accessible to everybody. Since 2016 we have collaborated with Wood Street Walls on placemaking projects which aim to help activate & enliven the public realm by combining landscape and public art.

The City Parklets competition is being judged by an expert panel comprising:

  • Simon Glynn (City Public Realm – City of London Corporation)
  • Patrick Hegarty (Open Spaces – City of London Corporation)
  • Tamsie Thomson (Director – London Festival of Architecture)
  • Giles Radford (Highways – City of London Corporation)
  • Jennifer Dixon (EMEA Architecture Leader – AECOM)

As well as a £6,500 budget for each parklet, the competition offers an outstanding opportunity for exposure to a vast public audience in the City: home to 8,000 residents and a working population of 513,000 people, as well as the 10 million tourists who visit each year.

Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“I’m delighted to see such a rich mix of architecture and design talent on our shortlist for the City Parklets project and look forward to seeing how their proposals will help introduce more greenery and life to disused kerbside spaces. As we explore ‘boundaries’ in 2019, I’m excited for the shortlisted teams to interpret that theme, with interventions that create miniature havens amidst the bustle of the City, for hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy during the Festival.”

Chris Hayward, Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said:

“It’s fantastic to see the range of ideas brought forward as part of this competition. We want to encourage creative uses of space that can be enjoyed by workers, residents and tourists across the Square Mile. The shortlisted teams showcase how this can be delivered through innovative design.”

22 Feb 2019

London Festival of Architecture graphic design competition for 2019 Festival branding

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) launch a graphic design competition to create and oversee the branding and merchandising for the 2019 edition of the Festival, welcoming applications from creatives across the industry, including graphic designers, architects, designers and artists:

London Festival of Architecture graphic design competition

15 Feb 2019

London Festival of Architecture 2019 Public Realm Competition

London Festival of Architecture and Westminster City Council announce canal-side public realm intervention

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Westminster City Council (WCC) have announced a competition for the design of a new public realm intervention along the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, in the Harrow Road area of Westminster.

The competition invites architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to create a design concept for a new installation, which will increase public interest and engagement with the canal, while highlighting the opportunities that revitalising this vacant stretch of towpath can offer the diverse and well-established Harrow Road community.

Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal in West London, under the Westway:
Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal in West London, under the Westway
photo courtesy of LFA 2019

One of London’s few remaining ‘dark spaces’, this unloved towpath at the intersection between the canal and the Westway will see the installation of an experimental, ‘cross-section’ – a physical intervention that connects locals, visitors and passers-by with the canal. In keeping with the Festival’s mission to harness the talent of London’s architectural and creative community, this offers the opportunity to develop engaging and functional amenity space, creating a welcoming place that ensures greater use and accessibility by visitors and the local community throughout the London Festival of Architecture 2019.

Working alongside residents and stakeholders, Westminster City Council are developing ‘Place Plan’ to establish existing opportunities, priorities and objectives, creating projects with immediate and long-term benefits to ensure a socially sustainable future. As a key stakeholder in the ‘Place Plan’, the Canal & River Trust’s strategy for the area will provide an opportunity to promote the wellbeing benefits of the area’s waterside setting. Alongside improvements to the look and feel of the site, the project strives to enhance footfall with better-connected route and wayfinding for local residents, with a view to improving long-term links to the Paddington Opportunity Area, Old Oak and Park Royal.

Drawing on this initiative, this competition will offer a precursor to a wider landscape regeneration, testing strategies for improving the area’s appearance over the course of the 2019 Festival, in order to develop a permanent solution that better serves the community.

The competition will be judged by an expert panel including:

Ruchi Chakravarty (urban design coordinator, Westminster City Council)
Hannah Gibbs (enterprise manager, Canal & River Trust)
Biljana Savic (local architect and director, Maida Hill Neighbourhood CIC)
Tamsie Thomson (director, London Festival of Architecture)
Frances Williams (technical editor, Architects’ Journal)

This competition has a two-stage submission, with potential entrants invited to submit their initial expressions of interest by 12pm on Friday 8 March 2019. A winning team will then be confirmed in early April and awarded a total budget of £30,000 plus VAT to develop a fully costed, feasible design that can be delivered ahead of June 2019 as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.

Further information for entrants, including the call for entries document containing detailed submission and entry criteria can be found at www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

A full press pack – including the call for entries document – is available here.

Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture said:

“The competition is a brilliant opportunity for architects, landscape architects, designers and artists thanks to Westminster City Council’s commitment to improving the local environment and to helping communities make the most of their local area and everyday spaces. As we explore the theme of ‘boundaries’ in this year’s Festival, I’m looking forward to seeing how entrants tackle the physical constraints and opportunities of the site in a way that can open it up for more people to enjoy.”

11 Jan 2019

London Festival of Architecture 2019 Competition

London Festival of Architecture and City of London Corporation announce City Parklets competition

The London Festival of Architecture, in partnership with the City of London Corporation, today announces a design competition for a series of miniature landscaped spaces or ‘Parklets’, to be installed across the Square Mile for the Festival in June 2019. The competition will bring additional life and greenery to the City’s streets and public spaces when the world’s largest annual architecture festival returns next summer.

Architects, designers and artists are invited to submit a design proposal for a parklet that will transform a kerbside area into a place to rest, relax and admire the City – a public space fit for a festival. As well as a £6,500 budget for each parklet, the competition offers an outstanding opportunity for exposure to a vast public audience in the City: home to 8,000 residents and a working population of 513,000 people, as well as the 10 million tourists who visit each year.

Fresh Air Square, Tooley Street, South East London:
Fresh Air Square, Tooley Street, South East London
photo © Fresh Air Square, Tooley Street. Photography by Mediamixer, on behalf of Team London Bridge

The deadline for the initial expression of interest stage is midday on Thursday 7 February for consideration by the competition judging panel. Up to six shortlisted participants or practices will then be invited to develop a design concept, and will be awarded an honorarium of £250. The winning projects will be unveiled to the public when the London Festival of Architecture begins on 1 June 2019.

The City Parklets competition will be judged by an expert panel comprising:

  • Simon Glynn (City Public Realm – City of London Corporation)
  • Patrick Hegarty (Open Spaces – City of London Corporation)
  • Tamsie Thomson (Director – London Festival of Architecture)
  • Giles Radford (Highways – City of London Corporation)
  • Jennifer Dixon (EMEA Architecture Leader – AECOM)
  • Philippa Stockley (Journalist – Evening Standard)

More information about the City Parklets competition and submission requirements are available at www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org.

Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“Harnessing London’s amazing design talent to enliven London’s public realm is fundamental to our mission at the London Festival of Architecture. Once again we’re delighted to be working in partnership with the City of London Corporation as our exciting and fruitful competitions activities continue to develop. As the LFA explores the theme of ‘boundaries’ in 2019, the City Parklets project promises not only to bring joy and colour to the City next summer, but also to provoke thinking about how architects can bridge the gap between disused space and productive use.”

Chris Hayward, Planning and Transportation Committee Chairman at the City of London Corporation said:

“As we continue to upgrade and enliven the City’s streets and spaces, we look forward to working with the London Festival of Architecture once again on innovative planning solutions, while providing young professionals in the built environment industry with the opportunity to use their creativity to support our healthier street model. I hope very much that their designs inspire the public to see City spaces in a new light.”

The City Parklets competition follows on the success of City Benches, which saw nine bespoke benches designed by emerging architecture and design talent across the City of London: the result of the partnership between the LFA and the City of London Corporation. For Patrick McEvoy, who designed the Here Lies Geoffrey Barkington bench in June 2018, working with the LFA and the City of London Corporation was a transformational experience. He said:

“City Benches was especially exciting because the brief involved working at a scale where there was a lot of room for experimentation. Furthermore, as a young designer, designing a public installation within the City of London was an extraordinary opportunity. The reception in the architectural press was overwhelming and the project has inspired me to explore a more playful approach to architecture.”

29 November 2018

London Festival of Architecture 2019 Symposium call for participants

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has launched its call for participants for the second annual LFA Symposium, organised in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts. The LFA Symposium is a focal point of the LFA programme, and offers an outstanding platform for participants to share and develop their thinking while networking alongside prominent architects, academics and commentators.

The LFA invites both emerging and established architects, researchers and practitioners whose work explores the 2019 LFA theme of ‘boundaries’ to apply to take part in the Symposium, which will take place at the Royal Academy of Arts during the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019. When considering the role and application of boundaries in architecture, applicants are encouraged to consider both tangible and intangible boundaries. Examples include:

Tangible boundaries:

  • Physical boundaries such as borders, fences and walls and their impact on day-to-day physical experiences of the city
  •  Critical assessments of the historic importance of physical boundaries
  • Architectural boundaries, privacy and the body

Intangible boundaries:

  • Unseen geographical boundaries such as postcodes or administrative borders
  • Bridging invisible lines of separation between different social groups
  • Assessments of the effect of land ownership and the perception of space

At this initial stage, potential participants are invited to submit an abstract of up to 300 words and a one-page CV by 3.00pm on Friday 25 January 2019. More information on submission requirements is available at www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

The LFA Symposium was established in 2018 by the LFA in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, as a focal point of the festival to offer a rich exploration of the festival’s annual theme. In 2018, the inaugural LFA Symposium – entitled Does Identity Matter? brought together 150 prominent architects, academics and commentators, and featured a range of leading figures including architect Mary Duggan alongside writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff.

Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“Once again the LFA Symposium promises to be a highlight of our festival programme in 2019, and our open call for participants is a brilliant opportunity to share thinking and a stage with some of the best architects, academics and commentators around. Our 2019 festival theme of ‘boundaries’ is deliberately broad, and I’m certain it will provoke a fascinating exploration of how tangible and intangible boundaries affect life in the city, and how architects can understand and unlock the many puzzles that those boundaries present.”

Maya Ober, designer and research associate at the Institute of Industrial Design, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, responded to our call for participants for the inaugural LFA Symposium in 2018, where she presented her research into identity within the built environment. She said:

“The LFA Symposium showed how important it is to foster critical reflection on the politics of design and architectural practice. Participation in the LFA Symposium has led to the further development of my research as well as facilitating establishing new professional networks.”

Background:

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual architecture festival and is exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’ in 2019. The LFA’s mission is to support London’s architectural and design talent, enthuse and engage with the public, and find new ways to look at familiar places. Every June it celebrates innovation and design through a public programme that showcases London as a global architectural hub and promotes positive change to its public realm. The theme for the 2018 event – identity – inspired over 500 events across the capital, attracting 600,000 visitors and a global audience of 122 million. A year-round programme of design competitions, design charettes, campaigns and other activities also champions London as the best place in the world to practice and enjoy architecture.

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LFA Thessaly Road Railway Bridge Competition

LFA London Bridge Public Realm Competition Shortlist
London Bridge Public Realm Competition Shortlist News

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