London Festival of Architecture Covers the Town

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It's everywhere, it's everywhere--the London Festival of Architecture is a month-long celebration and exploration of the city's buildings, streets and spaces, with over 600 exhibitions, lectures, installations, guided walks, bicycle rides, boat tours, parties, design workshops and debates. Where to start, what to do. The theme is Fresh! urging everyone to take a fresh look at London and the fresh air. To that end there are a number of architectural bike tours all over different areas. There is an exhibition about the Thames River with audio visual installations on six piers along the river. An assortment of street furniture will decorate different roads. Twenty-eight foreign embassies, often housed in stunning historic buildings, will open their doors and present the best of architecture from their countries. London – a Water City ponders how future planning might help the city to better use its often ignored and literally buried system of waterways;

The strangest event has to be the jelly mould competition, with architects being asked to design jelly moulds, to be filled with you-know-what and then auctioned off for charity. Vacant lots will be filled with bags of earth, to grow food. And of course there will be lectures by all the known greats (Cesar Pelli) and not so well known ( Peter Ackroyd). If you are thinking of a trip to London, this is a great time to visit. :: London Festival of Architecture

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