London Festival of Architecture: what’s on in north London
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Throughout June, the London Festival of Architecture celebrates all things design, and there’s plenty going on north of the river. Here are the highlights
In June, the London Festival of Architecture will be bringing a whole host of walking tours, family events and open studios to locations across the capital. North London certainly doesn’t miss out on the festivities, with a range of architecture-themed events taking place across our neck of the woods. Here are our favourites:
Alison Brooks Architects will be holding an open studio to allow visitors to see the designs for the South Kilburn Estate, which placed the architects in the running for the Mies van der Rohe prize this year. The installation will explore the civic role of housing and the state as urban patron, and show the estate in its origins.
17 June, 10am-5pm, Alison Brooks Architects, NW5 1TL
The Destruction of Memory
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This documentary explores the destruction of culture during times of war and the recovery of memory. The film by Tim Slade will be followed by a panel discussion with Tate curator Mark Godfrey, artist Jo Scorah and author of the book which set the precedent for the documentary, Robert Bevan.
28 June, 7pm, £10, JW3 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
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Man About the House
Through the medium of story and song, Australian comic Tim Ross will transform architecturally significant London buildings into theatres in which to deliver his award-winning, design-infused comedy and music show that illuminates the venues in which it is presented.
10-16 June, various locations
Light and Flight
In celebration of a multicultural city, this interactive installation features drawings and models which seek to challenge and celebrate the notion of memory using digital fabrication. A collaboration with DS22, Golzari NG Architects / PART and Human Right NGO Amos Trust.
15-30 June, pm, University of Westminster, NW1 5LS
One for families, this 20 minute outdoor event run by Ines Designes offers a participatory spatial experience which claims to match you to a property of your dreams.
2-4 June, 11am-4pm, West Handyside Canopy, N1C 4AA
Higher View: From Aleppo to Jerusalem
Artist Ezri Tarazi will use none other than the coffee table to explore the range of histories and cultures found in Jerusalem and Aleppo in this exhibition.
6–18th June, 9am to 10pm, JW3 , 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
Projects – Memory – Reality
This exhibition will showcase upcoming developments and past projects in both the UK and across the pond in the large shop window visible from the Archway Road. Keen beans should head to the opening event on Thursday 1st June from 5pm where architecturally-themed cocktails will be served.
1-30th June, 24/8 218 Archway Road, N6 5AX
The Giant Dolls’ House Project
This installation hopes to engender debate about the purpose, form and sense of a home. Curated by Catja de Haas, the collaborative project has been produced in conjunction with the community, schools and architects, and had transformed shoeboxes into dolls’ houses.
4-18 June, 9am-1pm, JW3 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
Sunday Night Live: Daniel Libeskind
Architect Daniel Libeskind was the brains behind the Jewish Museum in Berlin and one of the masterminds behind the rebuilding of the Manhattan World Trade Centre. In discussion with BBC Radio 4 Front Row’s Samira Ahmed, Libeskind will discuss his approach to memory, meaning and spirituality in architecture.
1 June, 6.30pm, £15, JW3 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
Brutalism at Burghley: Celebrating HKPA
Historic England architectural historian Geraint Franklin will guide you through the work of post-war Brutalist practice Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, the architects behind Tuffnell Park’s Acland Burghley School. The illustrated talk will draw on material from Geraint’s new book and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the now Grade II listed school.
28 June, 6.30pm, Acland Burghley School, NW5 1UJ
Enter the world of Victoriana as you play the character of architect Leslie Green and be lead on a historical journey through the stations. This urban treasure hunt should be played in groups of 2-5 people and will take the form of a series of tasks at each station which culminates in a paper theatre.
6-27 June, £10, 10am, Holloway Road Station, N7 8HS
Hornsey Town Hall Tour
Crouch End Walks will guide you through the town hall designed in the Modernist style by New Zealand architect Reginald Uren. One of the first examples of 1930s Modernism adopted for London’s public buildings, this walk lets you delve into the history of the iconic art deco HQ and Assembly Room.
18 June, 11am, £7, Hornsey Town Hall, N8 9JJ