Friday, 2 July 2010
Last weekend: London Festival of Architecture
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Bankside Urban Forest (03/07 and 04/07)
This festival is an invitation to be part of London's developments, going beyond buildings. Taking the lead from Witherford Watson Mann Architects' Bankside Urban Forest scheme, LFA's final weekend focuses on the stretch of city from the South Bank along to Elephant & Castle. The architects' scheme proposes improvements to the public realm amongst a redeveloped Elephant & Castle and a regenerated Bankside. A derelict car park on Union Street will be transformed into an idyllic urban orchard with Wayward Plant Registry's plant adoption and exchange programme taking residency over the weekend. View a live build project (a new performance medium?) as German architects Kobberling & Kaltwasser construct a theatre from recycled and found materials. NEO Bankside has commissioned a model of Tate Modern made entirely of sugar cubes at 100:1 scale, and a visit to Tooley Street for Moss Your City at The Architecture Foundation's HQ is highly recommended. There will be a series of walks, talks and hard-hat opportunities to experience the diversity (and biodiversity) of this area in transition.
Fantabulous Moira (centre) and the Urban Orchard team.