10 of the best events at the London Festival of Architecture 2018
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10 of the best events at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

The London Festival of Architecture kicks off today. Dezeen's deputy editor Tom Ravenscroft reveals 10 of the best events and installations, featuring buildings with mistaken identities, data centres and a house in a skip.

Dezeen is media partner for the 11th London Festival of Architecture (LFA), which takes place throughout June.

There are 400 events taking place across the city, that aim to explore the theme of identity.

Here's our guide to the top 10:


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

A Case of Mistaken Identity
5, 12 and 26 June

APE Architecture and Design is leading a tour of London buildings that have appeared in film as buildings in other cities. The 2.5-hour tour will explore central London, taking in buildings that have been shown in Moscow, New York, Milan, Gotham City, Hong Kong and the planet Xandar.

Starting at 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AB


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

The Ombra Atlanta/Negroni Talks
1–30 June

Bringing Venice to Hackney, the Ombra Altana is a installation that "celebrates identity, architecture and aperitif". Built by local architects Fourth Space and The Office for Crafted Architecture, the pavilion on the Regents Canal has a large west-facing elevated terrace for drinking spritz.

A series of Negroni Talks will take place during the festival, with the highlight set to be Where's the punk in architecture? Speakers include Tim Abrahams, Piers Taylor, Charles Holland, Shumi Bose and Caz Facey.

One Vyner Street, E2 9DG


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

Skip Gallery
1–30 June

Skip Gallery's latest installation will see artist Richard Wood place a house that has been "trashed" in a skip in Hoxton Square.

19 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

City Benches
1–30 June

A series of 10 one-off public benches will be installed around the City of London for the duration of the festival.

The benches are designed by architecture and design students, recent graduates and emerging practices (including Eleanor Dodman Architects, pictured), that won an open competition held by the LFA.

City of London


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

Concrete Capital
6 June

Architecture practice SODA is organising an evening of opinions, music and screenings to celebrate concrete, which they describe as a "much-maligned building material". Speakers will include Emily Hopkins, a PhD Researcher at Royal Holloway; Kimberley Harris, architect and photographer; and Dawn Pereira, Henry Moore post doctoral fellow at the University of East London.

There will also be a tour of recently renovated former brewery brutalist building alongside the Docklands Light Railway tracks in east London.

The Silver Building, Dock Road E16 1YZ


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

Does Identity Matter?
15 June

If nothing else, this event is a good excuse to see David Chipperfield's recently renovated Royal Academy (RA). Held in the RA's new auditorium, the LFA's inaugural symposium will explore the "impact of architecture on the identity of a city".

The day-long event will consist of two panel discussions and a keynote lecture from Mary Duggan, founder of Mary Duggan Architects.

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

Emigre Architects
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June

Stirling Prize-winning studio dRMM has created a film about the influence of the emigre architect. The film features interviews with 10 architects and designers, from 10 different nations, who work at the practice.

Queen's Walk, London SE1 2DB


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

Decolonizing Architecture
3, 10, 24 June

Organised by The 204 Design Collective, this series of conversations, debates and workshops will explore forms of urbanisms that challenge the direct and indirect effects of colonialism. The talk aim to "challenge traditional architectural practice and discourse, and dismantle inequality in our cities".

7 Roach Road, E3 2PA


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

The Story of London Stock Brick
13 and 20 June

This event is for brick enthusiasts. Led by facade consultants Taylor Maxwell, it is a walking tour in London Bridge, explaining how bricks have been used in London's architecture and the history of the London stock brick.

26 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU


10 events not to miss at the London Festival of Architecture 2018

Architecture of the Internet
7 and 14 June, with further dates to be announced

And finally, I will be leading a tour of London's urban data centres.

The tours will take place in two of the key locations for the development of data storage in the city – the Docklands and the City of London.

Meeting at Aldgate East