The London Festival of Architecture 2008, a celebration and exploration of the city's buildings, streets and spaces - with over 600 exhibitions, lectures, public space installations, guided walks, bicycle rides, boat tours, parties, design workshops and debates.
One of the events that some of you readers might find interesting in the NASF. Whereby students can show off their design skills to those cantankerous Brits.
The National Architecture Student Festival 2008
The National Architecture Student Festival 2008 (NASF) brings together higher education students from across the UK with pupils from London schools and community groups over the course of a year, culminating in a series of temporary ‘interventions’ in key public spaces at each of the five LFA2008 Hubs.
The resulting interventions will be a series of unique and exciting projects which interpret LFA2008’s theme of FRESH!, signpost the LFA and reflect a sense of place – be it fresh ideas, fresh air, fresh grass or any other interpretation of the LFA theme.
Students have chosen sites (each of which has a specific brief to guide students in the design process) across the LFA2008 Hubs. These represent a range of different types of public spaces in the capital, from Bloomsbury squares and historic Clerkenwell to riverside sites and large expanses of water in London’s Docklands. Students from a variety of disciplines including architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, landscape design and product design will participate and work together collaboratively.
The year-long project aims to introduce local people to architecture and design in a tangible way, and to give students a chance to experience the reality of seeing their designs through to construction. Judging by the inaugural 2006 NASF structures, the final interventions will surprise and delight passers-by and visitors to LFA2008.
Canterbury School of Architecture / Architectural Association / Central St Martins College of Art and Design / Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales / Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne / Greenwich University / Kingston University / London Metropolitan University / Oxford Brookes University / Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication / Sheffield University / Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance/University College London