London Festival of Architecture: Sights and Sounds
The 2014 London Festival of Architecture incorporated more than 200 events throughout the city. Now in its tenth year, the Festival has become popular not only in architectural circles, but also with the broader public.
This year’s theme was ‘Capital,’ which gave free reign to address issues such as London’s burgeoning housing problem, the city’s culture, its economy, and how they all affect the built environment.
A growing number of tall buildings set to dominate the London skyline has been a cause of heated debate, and asking the question “Does London Need More Tall Towers?” provided the opportunity for members of the public to air their views.
The death of the high street has been a shocking sight in many cities, and the fact that London is no exception was reflected by eight guided visits to high streets around the city.
“The Death and Life of Great London High Streets” tours included visits to Catford, Deptford, Bromley and Camden. Attendees were shown how regeneration funds are being spent, and what plans are being made for the future of their high streets.
Another debate during the Festival had at its heart the topic of housing. How to provide high quality, aesthetically pleasing new houses for the growing population, at the same time as creating a strong community, provides a conundrum that is slowly being addressed with the input of architects, designers and residents.
All in all, the 2014 London Festival of Architecture was an eye-opening study of the culture, spirit and built environment of this amazing city. Roll on Festival 2015.