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Celebrating memory across Nine Elms and Vauxhall: London festival of architecture 2017

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Europe’s biggest annual festival of architecture returns to Nine Elms and Vauxhall next week for a fourth consecutive year, taking place 1-30 June 2017.

The theme for LFA 2017 is ‘memory’, which is especially apt for the area as it undergoes a significant amount of change.

Our LFA programme this year is the most eclectic yet with a host of workshops, screenings, installations, spectacles, tours and talks taking place across Nine Elms and Vauxhall, invoking memory.

As big swathes of former industrial land are transformed into new homes, new commercial and public open space, this year’s theme for London Festival of Architecture allows us to look to the future, whilst celebrating the area’s rich heritage and industrial past.

London Festival of Architecture highlights across Vauxhall, Nine Elms & Battersea include:

  • Old and New Memories of London’s Iconic Market

New Covent Garden Market has been feeding and flowering London for centuries.  Join us for a film screening and Q&A from people involved in the past, present and future of the Market. Sponsored by VINCI St. Modwen in partnership with the Covent Garden Market Authority.  LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2JU. (7 June – 6.15-7.30pm, doors open with refreshments from 5.45pm.  Free entry – pre-booking required)

  • Memory Monsters by Pidgin Perfect

For one Saturday in June, the Memory Monsters will make Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens their lair.  Join them as they roam the gardens to seek out memories of London’s changing landscape. Family event, sponsored by Vauxhall One.  Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY.  (3 June – 10am-6pm – free entry)

  • Battersea Power Station Tours

A sneak peek at the work underway on and around Battersea Power Station from two different perspectives:  guided tours respectively by a member of the local community (11 June), and Jim Eyre of WilkinsonEyre Architects, leading the refurbishment of the iconic Grade II listed building (25 June). Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AB. (Entry is free and by ballot – see website for details)

  • New Heirlooms

Using the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, arts group Collective Matter invites participants to reinvent ‘orphaned’ ceramic objects, using bric-a-brac and objects brought in from personal collections, to create a new personal history. New Union Square, 5 Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5DA. (17 June – 10am-1pm and 2-5pm.  Free entry, pre-booking required)

  • Women in the Built Environment

A networking breakfast for women working in construction and the built environment, and an opportunity to hear from an expert panel of industry professionals, chaired by Cllr Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council.  Hosted by LFA and Mount Anvil. Mount Anvil Marketing Suite, 80 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RG. (26 June – 8.30-10am.  By invitation only & places are limited: email [email protected] to register your interest)

  • Metropolis: Lab Live

A large-scale, one-day family event exploring the evolving city through a number of workshops and activities.  Ideal for children aged 5 to 12.  Supported by Vauxhall One. The Institute of Imagination, Imagination Lab at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG. (18 June – 10am-4pm – Free-£8 – see website for details)

  • The Emerging Public Realm in Nine Elms, Past, Present and Future

Thames River Path guided walk with Chris Churchman from Churchman Landscape Architects; responsible for designing the first phase of the new Thames River Path at Nine Elms. Chris will discuss the history of the path and its ongoing evolution from marshland through heavy industry to what we see today.  Meet at New Union Square, 5 Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5DA. (13 June – 6.30-8pm.  Free – pre-booking required)

Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: “This year’s London Festival of Architecture allows us to explore Nine Elms a little differently.  We are looking to the future but in so doing, celebrating our past.  The rejuvenation of our icons, Battersea Power Station and New Covent Garden Market, are good examples of this.  We invite everyone, and especially our local communities, to come to Nine Elms to share our memories and help us build new ones.”

Cllr Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: “Where better to celebrate the theme of memory for this year’s London Festival Architecture than Vauxhall. Which is an area steeped in history but always changing and the Memory Monsters event should be a great treat for people of all ages. I’m particularly pleased to be chairing the Women in the Built Environment session where I know there’ll be stimulating and through provoking discussion about design, planning, place-making and engineering from industry professionals.”

Tamsie Thomson, director, London Festival of Architecture added: “We are extremely grateful to the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership for their generous support to the London Festival of Architecture. This year’s London Festival of Architecture is the biggest and best ever, with over 500 events in every corner of London.

“The programme in Nine Elms and Vauxhall is particularly exciting, with something for everyone and events that will get hundreds of people looking at this fascinating and fast-changing London quarter in a different way.”

For further details and the full programme of LFA 2017 events across Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, visit www.nineelmslondon.com/lfa.




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