From Sky-walking and jelly-making to Shakespeare and song: King's Cross, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Covent Garden come alive for London Festival of Architecture

Monday 23 June 2008

NLA Sky Walk - Montague Place, WC1, 4-6 July 2008
Press Call with Britain’s best building presenter Dan Cruickshank: 4 July, 11.30am

A 160m long architectural installation will transform a little-known street behind the British Museum for one weekend this summer, hosting exhibitions, talks, walks, open-air theatre, world music, games food and dancing as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

The two day, free street party will be the central feature of the King’s Cross, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Covent Garden Hub, curated by New London Architecture to provide visitors with an insight into the development and possibilities of this special area of central London. 

The NLA Sky Walk, designed by Young Architects of the Year Carmody Groarke, will transform Montague Place, WC1 for three days into an exciting cultural space and public part of the city. The installation, rising up to five-metres high, will zigzag across the street providing a new perspective on the Museum and its surroundings and create a series of public spaces, a dramatic viewing gallery, outdoor exhibition galleries, lawned seating areas and stage designed around an existing London Plane tree. 

The installation will play host to architecture talks, exhibitions, open-air theatre performances from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, world music from School of Oriental and African Studies, family workshops from the team at the British Museum and Mobile Studio and a large scale public picnic celebrating local fresh food and open space from Bohn and Viljoen Architects. It will be a place to eat, relax and enjoy the spectacle of architecture current, planned and temporary.

Highlights include (all events take place in Montague Place unless otherwise stated):

THE CONTINUOUS PICNIC – Saturday 5 July, 10.00 – 18.00
A day-long event by Bohn & Viljoen Architects and their team of designers, urban farmers and food enthusiasts celebrating good food and good company with a giant public picnic, cooking demonstrations and games, exploring where our food comes from. Bring along your locally grown fruit and vegetables and put them on display for the chance to win prizes for the best and most sustainably-sourced produce.
• 10.00 - 12 noon: Inverted Market - Bring your locally produced fruit and vegetables (self-grown or bought from local growers) to be included in London’s first agricultural installation
• 12 noon – 16.00: Join the giant Picnic for lunch on the Sky Walk, Montague Place, Russell Square and Malet Street Sunken Garden with bbqs, paellas, African cuisine and London Farmers’ Markets produce all available to buy
• 16.00 – 18.00: Community Composting. Learn how local communities and local food producers can reuse your compostable leftovers.

OPEN-AIR THEATRE PERFORMANCES – Saturday 5 July, 16.00 and Sunday 6 July, 14.00 
Don’t miss graduates from RADA perform the Great Inestimable Chronicle of the Huge and Mighty Giant Gargantua directed by Tony nominated director Wilson Milam and Shakespeare’s festive comedy Much Ado About Nothing on the NLA Sky Walk temporary stage. 

HISTORICAL STREET DANCE WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES – 5 - 6 July
Come and join RADA and the Nonsuch Dance Company to create moving architecture. Learn Medieval Line-Dance (Saturday) and Tudor Hokey-Cokey (Sunday) in workshops at RADA in Gower Street, then show off your steps later in the day in a public performance on the NLA Sky Walk.
Moving Architecture Workshops: RADA, 62/64 Gower St, WC1, 5 July 10.30, 6 July 11.30
Each workshop: 45 minutes. Free to attend. To reserve a place please contact the RADA box office on 020 7908 4800.
Moving Architecture performance: NLA Sky Walk, WC1, 5 July 15.00, 6 July 13.00
Performance time: 45 minutes. Free to attend. Booking not required. Please call RADA box office 020 7908 4800 for more information.

SOAS WORLD MUSIC - Saturday 5 July, 18.00 – midnight and Sunday 6 July, 12noon-6pm
Music and DJs from around the world: Performances by orchestras and bands from Malawi, Mongolia and Argentina

THIS IS TOMORROW TOO TALKS AND CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS 
Saturday 5 July, 11am-4pm
An interactive installation by the Mobile Studio, focused on Bloomsbury’s lost urban history, with talk, tours and children’s workshops.

NLA SKY WALK EXHIBITIONS, 4-6 July 2008.
• Camden’s Vision for Bloomsbury - Camden Council working with Design for London and key partners has commissioned a number of leading architects to develop projects for the public realm of Bloomsbury, Euston Road and King's Cross. Exhibitions will reveal the designs set to transform public spaces in the area including Montague Place and King’s Cross Station, alongside the nominees and winners of the Camden 2008 Design Awards for new building design in the borough
• NLA Sky Walk Street Gallery - Shedding light and new perspective on the architecture – past, present and future – of this fascinating quarter of London.
• Arup Fresh Facts – Key trends affecting the world today and their implications for society in the future.

BRITISH MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE TOURS, Saturday 5 July, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm
Architectural tours of the British Museum led by an architect or historian with a choice of traditional or modern tours. Book tickets online www.britishmuseum.org or 020 7323 8181 

BRITISH MUSEUM FAMILY ACTIVITIES, Great Court, The British Museum, WC1, Saturday 5 July, 11.00 – 16.00
Free activities for families - construction workshop, look at historical architecture or follow the storyteller as they weave tales of mazes, palaces and columns.

SENATE HOUSE TALK, Room 336, Senate House North Block, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
Saturday 5 July, 12noon – 13:00
Lecture on The University of London’s Senate House – London’s first ‘skyscraper’ – including film footage of the building’s construction. 

ARTICLE 25 SILENT AUCTION, Saturday 5 July, 10am – 6pm, Sunday 6 July, 11am – 6pm
Article[25] - the charity that designs, builds, and manages projects to provide better shelter wherever there is disaster, poverty, or need – will be inviting bids for a range of lots including an architectural model by Zaha Hadid, a week in a Scottish estate and cooking classes by Bea Vo.



2-D BANQUET, 5 July, 11.00 – 16.00
Illustrator Emma Rios will create a life-sized two-dimensional feast for the jellymongers Bompas & Parr. Visitors will be asked to spot architectural motif’s hidden across the spread before being photographed as eager diners.

OTHER RECOMMENDED LOCAL EVENTS

TALKS & LECTURES

WALLPAPER* HAUSWORK TALKS, New London Architecture, Every Weds 25 June - 16 July – TICKETS REQUIRED
Wallpaper* will present a series of talks on innovative new urban residential design. Each of the four HausWork* talks will be led by a distinguished British architect, plus two young architects – one British, one international. 

ERIC PARRY, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wednesday 2 July, 6:30pm – TICKETS REQUIRED
An opportunity to hear Eric Parry talk about the vision behind the extraordinary renewal project at St Martin-in-the-Fields, now nearing completion. 

DAVID CHIPPERFIELD LECTURE, Institute of Education, Thursday 3 July, 6:30pm- 8pm, – TICKETS REQUIRED
LFA keynote lecture by David Chipperfield, winner of the 2007 Stirling Prize. 

FITZROVIA, New London Architecture, Friday 4 July, 8.30am - 9.30pm – BOOKING REQUIRED
Breakfast talk on Fitzrovia with Harry Handelsman, CEO of Manhattan Loft Corporation and Ken Shuttleworth, Partner, Make architects. 

GRAHAM STIRK LIVE, British Museum, Friday 4 July, 6.30pm – TICKETS REQUIRED
Graham Stirk, senior director at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, will discuss his work and career, including his current work on a design for an extension to the British Museum. Quick Link 

OMA*AMO HERMITAGE 2014 SYMPOSIUM, The Great Hall - King's College London, Saturday 5 July, 4:30pm - 6:30pm – TICKETS REQUIRED
Symposium hosted by OMA*AMO and the Hermitage Museum, featuring Rem Koolhaas, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chris Dercon, in which cultural leaders from Russia and London discuss the question of "Modernizing the Encycolopedic Musuem". Quick Link 

PETER ACKROYD: HAWKSMOOR AND THE WILD WORLD OF LONDON, St George’s Bloomsbury, Sunday 6 July, 4pm – TICKETS REQUIRED
An opportunity to hear the highly acclaimed historian, biographer, poet and novelist speak on the legacy of the neighbourhood of Saint Giles over the centuries. Quick Link 

BLUEPRINT BIG BREAKFASTS, BRITISH MUSEUM, 3 & 4 JULY – TICKETS REQUIRED
A perennial favourite of previous Biennales, in this hub Breakfast will take place in the magnificent Great Court Restaurant at the British Museum where Janet Street-Porter (3 July) and Sir John Tusa (4 July) will prepare you for a day at work over a full English breakfast. Quick Link

SPECIAL EVENTS

REGENT’S CANAL: A FRESH PERSPECTIVE, Regent’s Canal, Thursday 3 July - Sunday 6 July
A four day programme of events, celebrating the fascinating history and exciting regeneration of the Regent’s Canal, including boat trips, walks talks and special events for the finale on Sunday 6 July. Quick Link 

GREENING BAYS COMPETITION INSTALLATION, Store Street WC1, Friday 4 July
The transformation of 14 car parking bays on Store Street, off Tottenham Court Road, with competition-winning designs for one day only. 

ARCHITECTURAL JELLY BANQUET, UCL Quadrangle, Friday 4 July, 8pm-3am 
Bompas & Parr invite you to enter a fantastical jelly party where jelly performers will present over 1000 specially commissioned jellies, including competition-winning designs. Quick Link 

RENOIR FILM SCREENING, Renoir Cinema, Sunday 6 July, 6pm – TICKETS REQUIRED
A preview of Shane Meadow's latest film, SOMERS TOWN, plus panel discussion at Renoir Cinema in collaboration with Blueprint Magazine. Quick Link


EXHIBITIONS

EXPLORING KING'S CROSS, German Gymnasium & Regents Canal, 20 June - 20 July
A series of exhibitions showcasing Argent's plans for the redevelopment of this key area, with a breakfast talk on Sunday 6 July. Quick Link

‘IF I COULD DESIGN LONDON I WOULD....’, Somerset House, 20 June - 20 July
A Design for London exhibition showcasing hundreds of ideas out for London put forward by architects and members of the public and offering a chance to view Design for London’s blueprint for a better public realm. ‘If I could...’ follows – and includes responses to - Design for London’s Open City exhibition. Quick Link

A BUILDING SHOULD BE TO A CITY AS A BRICK IS TO A BRICK WALL, Royal Institute of British Architects, 20 June - 20 July, 10am - 6pm
Exhibition at the RIBA exploring models for contextual 21st century housing. Quick Link 

GEOMETRICS: ELEMENTS OF FORM, STRUCTURE, MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURE, The Gymnasium, 6 July - 20 July
Geometrics FSMM - Four fascinating projects which have been shaped through the application of aspects of Form, Structure, Materials and Manufacture. Quick Link

WALKS/TOURS

Various Locations, 20 June - 19 July – BOOKING REQUIRED
Take advantage of this unique time to explore London's many hidden areas private buildings. Over the four weeks of the festival there are more than 50 tours of all forms - walking, cycling, boat - spread throughout the hubs. Quick Link

Sponsors:
Hub Sponsors: CABE; London Borough of Camden; Derwent London
Co-sponsors: Ramboll Whitbybird; The Building Centre; Price & Myers; University College London; The Wellcome Trust; Capita, Corus; The Bedford Estates. 
Partner Organisations: The British Museum, Somerset House and Targetfollow.
Coordinating partner: designersblock

Please see www.lfa2008.org for the full programme of events

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