Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in London.
It is a great pleasure to guest edit the November London Architecture Diary, following the recent launch of the London Festival of Architecture 2019 theme ‘Boundaries’.
I was due to collaborate on the design of a travelling exhibition with the inspirational Jon Daniel for his iconic body of work before his tragic passing last year. His retrospective entitled, ‘Afro-Superhero’ is on at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning in Brixton until 16 November.
‘Modern Couples’ investigates the boundary between creativity and personal relationships, looking at the work of Modernist heroes. It is open throughout November at the Barbican and pertinent to the demands of work life balance. ‘Domesticity and colonialism’ is a panel discussion exploring how architecture shapes identities and behaviours through the lens of the colonialism in the home. It is part of the Royal Academy architecture programme and takes place on 5 November. ‘Forms of Alliance’ is a public lecture on 26 November discussing how limited resources are making collaborations across varied disciplines inevitable for practicing architects. Part of the Architectural Association School, Critical Practice series, speakers include the pioneering founders of Public Practice, Pooja Agrawal & Finn Williams.
A screening of Laura Poitras and Linda Goode Bryant’s award winning ‘Flag Wars’ on 06 November forms part of the Architecture Foundation’s ‘Architecture on Film’ series. Shot over four years, it is an observation of a black working-class neighbourhood in the US as a group of white, gay, financially secure homeowners move in. It holds up a fascinating mirror to the preconceptions of both groups.
‘Brixton Bridge’ is a freshly installed work by Gam Ladzekpo and Akil Scafe-Smith of RESOLVE Collective in collaboration with Architect Farouk Agoro. RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective which explores the synthesis of architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges.
PARADIGM is a professional network championing BAME in Architecture, and among the groups addressing capacity building. Please get in touch with them if you aren’t able to make it this time, but are able to contribute support or experience for future initiatives. They are holding their ‘Passing Part 3: Tip & Tricks’ event on 14 November at Build Studios.
The Design Museum showcases the work of two architects I found compelling as a teenager and student. Peter Barber: 100 Mile City and Other Stories is the first ever exhibition of the influential architect and urbanist’s work. It is on free display there throughout November. Coinciding with this is a panel discussion on 27 November, ‘Jan Kaplický: Visions of the Future’, exploring the work of the late high-tech architect who along with partners Amanda Levete and David Nixon, ran the seminal studio, Future Systems.
For his first solo UK exhibition, the Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop recasts history and the global politics of black resistance in ‘Omar Victor Diop: LIBERTY / DIASPORA’. His work explores what unifies and defines fights for freedom, representation and human rights across the diaspora. It is at Autograph, in the RIBA awarding-winning Rivington Place. You need to be quick as it finishes on 3 November!
David Ogunmuyiwa is founder of ArchitectureDoingPlace LLP and member of the London Festival of Architecture curation panel. The Call for Entries for London Festival of Architecture 2019 is now open. The relevant deadlines are:
- 11 January 2019: early bird deadline for events to be considered by the first curation panel
- 8 March 2019: final deadline for submission to the final curation panel