Jul 21, 2019 | Updated: 09:46 AM EDT

London Festival of Architecture Aims to Raise Awareness About the Industry

Jul 01, 2019 08:49 AM EDT

City of London
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London: The Architectural Capital of the World

Architecture is one of the most celebrated professions in the construction industry. Most likely because the field provides one of man's basic needs, which is shelter. In many countries, architecture is paid homage to by setting month-long celebrations. While some countries celebrate architecture week, and architecture month, London celebrates architecture through a festival.

Just recently, London had its festival of architecture which is celebrated throughout the month of June. The celebration of architecture in London is the largest festival of architecture in the world. For this year, the theme of the festival is "boundaries".

This festival might sound like an exclusive celebration for practicing professionals but in reality, the program is not only catering to those in the construction field but also to all the people who would like to join in.

Included in the celebration are exhibitions, installations, guided walks, workshops, pop up events such as "parklets", river trips, kids drawing competitions, and there is even a Lego competition. Of course, conferences and learned talks will always make the list.

This event is also a chance for architects to promote their scope of work, whether their projects are in London or across the globe. It has been said that the architectural festival in London is a chance for emerging young architectural talent to come forth with their voice and energy.

Because of its history, museums, pageantry, and architecture, tourists have been dotting in and out of London to appreciate these features. London is known to be the architectural capital of the world. However, the lack of education in the school curriculum fails to engage youngsters in the awareness of the visual and spatial environment.

Some of the London Festival of Architecture highlights include the Tower Bridge diorama which will run from the 30th of June up to the 30th September. This will be a way of showcasing alternative designs submitted in 1876 of the great bridge.

Another festival highlight is The White Chapel Bell foundry where the old building will be opened up to offer a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to explore its history.

Festival goers should also make it a point to visit the wooden parliament in the Granary Square, South where this open-air pavilion will be hosting a series of musical performances. There will also be drawing workshops and children's events organized by the Museum of Architecture throughout the festival.

There are many more activities to choose from, with some extending for months after June. This festival is one way to show appreciation for the practice of architecture in the field it represents.

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