The London Festival of Architecture (23 June - 8 July 2012) used its theme of 'The Playful City' bought architects and communities together across the capital. As part of LFA 2012, RIBA London curated a series of installations and events on the three weekends of the festival.
Hoxton Square (7 - 8 July)
RIBA London partnered with the London Borough of Hackney and consulting engineers Ramboll to transform Hoxton Square with the 'WEATHER - IT'S RAINING OR NOT:......' installation by architect Harry Dobbs, including 'The Weather Yesterday' by creative practice Troika.
An interactive light installation, 'The Weather Yesterday', playfully highlighted Britain's obsession with the weather, with the square set to feature a collection of parasol-shaped structures around a central five-metre-tall visual creation displaying the previous day’s weather conditions using classic forecasting iconography.
Parasol-shaped structures, from architects Harry Dobbs, playfully dotted around the square, offered social meeting places, for rest, play and discovery under their cloudy canopies. Chameleon-like, they respond to the visitor, at one moment creating a cosy space protected from the elements, or next opening up to support the wider shared experience of the square.
As part of the 'WEATHER - IT'S RAINING OR NOT:......' events programme RIBA London also partnered with Tokyo Picnic Club to host a series of Urban Picnic Contests as PICNOPOLIS LONDON, and with London based curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design Beatrice Galilee to present ‘Emerging Architects in Hoxton Square’.
(30 June - 1 July)
From RIBA HQ in Portland Place to the NLA and Building Centre on Store Street, architectural practices; designers; local businesses and neighbourhood groups responded to the festival's 'Playful City' theme. Open studios, workshops, exhibitions, building tours, family activities and social events were on offer to help visitors discover the area and its architecture. Download the Fitzrovia Trail pdf for full event listings
The Royal Docks (30 June - 1 July)
RIBA London partnered with London Pleasure Gardens and consulting engineers Price and Myers to create several structures inspired by the regeneration of the Royal Docks in East London. Each structure - ranging from Follies, Hanging Gardens, The Pleasure Pool, to an Oyster Bar - were designed by a different architectural practice chosen by RIBA London.
London's Pleasure Gardens also featured bespoke benches made by architecture students, graduates and new practices participating in the 'Pews & Perches' project. This unique seating showcased emerging talent whilst providing public furniture fit for a festival.
For further information on these events and the whole 2012 festival programme please visit: www.lfa2012.org.