Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in London.

September 2018
Jennifer Dixon
EMIA Architecture Leader

September is always an exciting time in London. It always feels to me as if I’m looking at it with fresh eyes after the summer break, and I always see something that I haven’t noticed before.


Top of the list for a fresh approach is The Changing Face of Architecture lecture on 20 September. This year's Stephen Lawrence memorial lecture taps into the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the architecture profession, and its role in the creative industries. The common ground of the speakers, who include the founders of RESOLVE, representatives of the Future Architects Network, and the founder of music collective Steam Down, is an interest in the future role and value of creativity in society. Architects are called upon to be increasingly broad in their outlook, and creative collaborations with non-architects are becoming the norm. Chaired by Kieran Yates, this event promises a lively debate.


Studying Pubic Life through Data’ on 17 September is the opening event of the Roca London Gallery's new exhibition ‘The Data and Life of Great Cities’. The exhibition seeks to put some empirical evidence behind Jane Jacobs pioneering work of the early 1960s, showing how data-mining can help us to understand how a city works ‘from the street up’. The opportunity this opens to understand how to create ‘human-centred’ urban design solutions will be of great value to all of us who have a role in shaping our cities.


Two films by German film maker Harun Faroki will be screened by the Architecture Foundation at the Barbican on 19 September. Faroki made nearly 100 films in his lifetime, predominantly short documentaries, the very last of which was this fascinating insight into the design processes of Sauerbruch Hutton. The second film on the bill, Counter Music, portrays ‘a story of a day in the life of a city’, and explores the subject of surveillance – a hugely important subject in the context of the safety and liveability of our 21st century cities. Made in 2004, it will be interesting to see this from the perspective of 2018.


Looking ahead to 2 October, the third Frieze Art & Architecture conference will explore the design of spaces to show, make and live with art, with speakers including Shigeru Ban, Jamie Fobert and Ellen van Loon. Asking the question ‘…to what extent are cultural buildings public spaces...’ it will look at the functions that museums and galleries have beyond exhibiting art.

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