Europe’s largest annual architecture festival is back and this year the focus is on ‘memory’. Here are five great LFA events happening this weekend.
Forget bricks and mortar, the only building materials on offer in this engineering challenge are edible ones. Watch celebrated architects go head to head, creating fancy structures based on this year’s theme and made entirely of cake. Realistic representation, creative use of materials and taste will all be considered when crowning the winning construction. Fitzroy Square. Tottenham Court Rd. Sat Jun 10, noon-3pm. Free.
Bermondsey residents and visitors will be invited to map their memories within an evolving pavilion created by architects Levitt Bernstein. Everyone entering the structure will take a string and answer questions by tying their strand at relevant spots, eventually building a tunnel of threads representing people’s memories. Bermondsey Spa. Bermondsey. Sat Jun 10, noon-3pm. Free.
Two of London’s historic bus routes will be recreated across two weekends by the National Trust’s green Routemaster. Take a trip on the number 19 (Finsbury Park to Tooting) and 2 (Golders Green to Crystal Palace) with architectural historians who will school you on the effect the routes had on the built environment. Route 19. Sat Jun 10. 1pm-5pm. £25. Route 2. Jun 17. 1pm-5pm. £25.
A disused paddling pool in Millfields Park will be transformed into a cinema and theatre space this Saturday by theatre company Appropri8. Wooden pallets and recycled materials will be reworked into seating for people to perch upon while watching short films about the local community and a screening of ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. Family storytelling workshops will run throughout the day too. The Old Paddling Pool, Millfields Park. Sat Jun 10. £5 + booking fee.
Foster Wilson Architects host these tours of one of the last surviving music halls in London, which still functions as a performance venue. Hear about music, performers, secret passages and ghosts before knocking back coffee and cake. Hoxton Hall. 130 Hoxton St. Sat Jun 10. 10am-11.30am. Free. Book in advance.