The London Festival of Architecture 2017 programme has been announced, with over 450 events exploring this year’s ‘memory’ theme across the capital throughout the month of June.

Unfortunately, the website has gone for the “content-light” method of website layout which means it’s damn difficult to know what’s going on unless you want to click through every single event to find out what it is.

Trawling through 24 pages of headlines, a few jump out as interesting.

Jonathan Meades (various dates)

Writer, filmmaker, architectural critic and Britain’s greatest living television essayist Jonathan Meades is all over the festival, with talks and film screenings.

You can pretty much have a Month of Meades (now isn’t that a good idea for a festival!)

You need to wade through their website for all of them, as there’s no search function.

Unbuilt London – Paper Architecture (1st-30th June)

The exhibition will cover various schemes envisioned by architects, developers or entrepreneurs over the years or centuries. The chosen schemes will encompass most interesting examples of architectural structures, which could have dramatically transformed the city.

Histories and Memories of South London’s Social Housing (1st-3rd June)

An exhibition showcasing contemporary photography of South London’s twentieth-century social housing developments.

This Was Tomorrow: The Architecture of the Future (8th June)

This film explores the architecture of the future, a period of 1960s design imbued with optimism and unwavering faith in technology and convenience.

Hoxton Hall Tours (10th June)

Tours will cover different aspects of the Music Hall history and memory including: Performers, Architecture and East End History. Expect secret passages, ghosts, actors, music and art with a unique back stage view of a working Music Hall.

Roadtrips by Routemaster: No.19 (10th June)

Recreating two of London’s most historic bus routes, numbers 2 and 19. Hosted by architectural historians Joe Kerr and James Hulme, we’ll be discussing what effect these venerable old routes have had on the built environment of our city.

Cody Dock Masterplan (10th-17th June)

You will be able to see a scale model of the master plan, a full size prototype of a container co-working space, open studio sessions from Office of Crafted Architecture, the Adventure Playground Engineers and Build Up who are based on site, presentations, tours and films

London Bridge Station – Secret Tour (13th June)

A station tour before the grand opening of London Bridge station led by one of the project managers. This is a unique opportunity to see Europe’s largest concourse before it opens to the public in 2018.

Derelict London Tour – Silvertown (13th June)

Whilst much has changed and there are big plans for regeneration, take a walk around Silvertown and hear about the history of the area, social stories from the past and a look at how it’s all about to change.

Spaces of Memories: The Heritage of Crossrail (15th June)

Jackie Keily, curator in the Department of Archaeology Collections at the Museum of London, will guide us through the findings Crossrail led to and are now displayed at the Museum of London Docklands.

Shoreditch through the years 1997-2017 (16th June)

An exhibition that will contain 20 years of our Shoreditch projects to illustrate how the area has evolved to attract the young, creative demographic that it is now renowned for.

Roadtrips by Routemaster: No.2 (17th June)

These tours will last 3-4 hours and each passenger will have use of individual audio equipment, so they can hear the commentary perfectly both on and off the bus

Estates of Memory – Open Garden Estates (17th-18th June)

Open Garden Estates is a weekend long event hosted by housing estates across London which are threatened with demolition by developers, Local Authorities, Housing Associations or central government housing policies.

The full list of events, in date order is available here


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