London Festival of Architecture- Upcoming Family Events

 

The organisers of the London Festival of Architecture 2017 say they like to introduce the young to architecture and London’s architectural heritage, which is why this year’s programme has more events for families and kids than ever before.  The LFA reckons this programme is a brilliant way of introducing young minds (and the young at heart) to the wonders of the built environment – through exploration, creativity and play. So from the return of the phenomenally popular Great Architecture Bake Off to building workshops at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, there’s something for everyone. Here’s some of the highlights, and you can find many, many more at www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org.
The Great Architectural Bake-Off
10 June
Fitzroy Square, W1T 6EY

We have witnessed some of the worlds most iconic buildings rise out of butter and flour, at the hands of some of the biggest design firms in London and New York for the past two years and we are thrilled to be hosting The Great Architectural Bake-Off again this summer.
The challenge will be to create the best interpretation of a building or landmark entirely out of cake. In association with the London Festival of Architecture, London’s finest architecture and design firms will battle it out in Fitzroy Square. We expect temperatures to rise and the gloves to come off in what plans to be a fantastic culinary event.
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Architectural Yoga
10 June
Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3BP
Our bodies can hold memories, just like our minds. This practical session will use yoga postures to explore architecture and the built environment. Come along to number 14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields to do some gentle movement, whilst also learning about the way buildings are designed by architects.
Sir John Soane was particularly inspired by buildings in Ancient Rome and Greece. This session intends to introduce some of the structures of these buildings, such as columns and arches, and use our bodies to help understand how they are constructed.
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RUFFARCHITECTS Open Studios
10 June
205 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZJ
As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, RUFFARCHITECTS will be opening the doors of their studio to family, friends and the wider architectural community to join them in a series of events and activities for LFA Open Studios.
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Family Model Making Morning: How Do You Want to Live When You Get Old?
11 June
Caxton House Community Centre, 129 Saint John’s Way, N19 3RQ
This practical session will explore the future of aging in London. Are the people designing our later-year environments getting it right? At a certain stage in our lives our domestic design preferences (design-preferences made significant through a life-time of memories acquired) are disregarded  – why, in the age of the 3D printer and mass-customisation, in one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, are we not putting our long-acquired personal-taste to use and each designing our own personal later-year environments?
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Building the Gallery
11 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD
Join us in our new Dulwich Pavilion to create a variety of structures inspired by the gallery and Pavilion itself. At the end of the session your creations will be brought together to create a landscape of arts buildings!
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‘Grandma’s House’ Family Architecture Workshop
17 June
Rich Mix, 25-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Imagine you will live to be 100 years old. What kind of house would you like to live in? Join our team of architects and engineers to explore design through all your senses (touch, smell, sight, sound, telling stories) and use drawing and model making to design the perfect living space for the future. Finished designs will create a display wall at Rich Mix.
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Metropolis: Lab Live
18 June
Imagination Lab at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1 7AG
Metropolis: Lab Live is a large-scale, one day, family event with up to 25 supporting partners, ideal for children aged 5 to 12.
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NLA Family Walking Tour
21 June
The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT
Come and discover Bloomsbury with your kids!
Join our special Family Walking Tour to hear stories of old London, secret sunken gardens, private squares and Egyptian mummies!
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