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The London Festival of Architecture is Europe's biggest (and best!) annual architecture event, and we want as many people and organisations as possible to get involved and celebrate the brilliance of London and its architecture. Our call for entries is now open – so now’s your chance!
In 2018 we are exploring the theme ‘identity' when the festival returns to the capital on 1-30 June. Architecture plays a fundamental role in shaping the identity of London, and how people connect and identify with their neighbourhood or the city as a whole. It binds diverse groups of people together – whether a community or an architecture practice – and is something that is constantly shifting, particularly in the context of Brexit and how that might affect the diversity of architectural practice in London or the city as a whole. While identity is usually something that builds in a place over time – sometimes it can be ‘invented': is this just cynical marketing by developers or a pragmatic response to the rapid pace of change in London? It's a terrific theme that can be interpreted so many different ways – and that's exactly what we're looking for!
Proposals are invited from anyone with an interest in London and its built environment – whether they be architects, artists, designers, developers or members of the public. The 2017 festival saw a huge range of events, and we are confident that ‘identity’ will inspire imaginations and produce a fascinating month-long celebration of architecture in June 2018.
The call for entries for the London Festival of Architecture 2018 closes on 28 February 2018.
Proposals will be assessed by the new LFA Curatorial Panel, which will select proposals to form the core programme for the 2018 festival. Core events will be those that address the ‘identity’ theme in particularly interesting, challenging or ambitious ways, and will be provided with enhanced organisational and promotional support from the LFA programming and communications teams. Other events which are less closely aligned to the theme but are intriguing nevertheless will be invited to form part of the LFA’s fringe programme.
The LFA Curatorial Panel comprises:
Sam Bompas (founder, Bompas and Parr)
Tom Copley AM (member, London Assembly)
Pedro Gil (founder, Studio Gil)
Steven Harding (director, Goodfellow Communications)
Laura Mark (architecture projects manager, Royal Academy of Arts)
Olaide Oboh (head of communications and external relations, First Base)
Tamsie Thomson (director, London Festival of Architecture)
Gwen Webber (programme manager for architecture, British Council)
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We encourage you to submit your proposal as early as possible. Submissions received before 8th January 2018 will go to our first curatorial panel on 10th January and you will hear back shortly afterwards. Entries received after 8th January will go to the next curatorial panel in February.