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Still from Body-Buildings film from Arquiteturas Film Festival as shown in Dezeen Events Guide June 2021

Five architecture and design events in June from Dezeen Events Guide

The Design Shanghai trade show, an exhibition about Muslim fashion in New York, Lisbon's Arquiteturas Film Festival and the London Design Biennale are just some of the global events listed in Dezeen Events Guide this June.

In addition to the London Design Biennale, there is an evergrowing line-up of exhibitions and screenings is taking place in venues across the UK capital ss museums and cinemas open their doors for the first time this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These include the London Festival of Architecture, a series of talks, walks and tours, installations, workshops, exhibitions and open studios taking place across London throughout June.

Other events include Architecture Film Festival London, the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion and two different exhibitions at the Design Museum. One offers a retrospective of work by Charlotte Perriand while the other charts the rise of sneaker culture.

For an extensive list of architecture and design events happening elsewhere in the world this month head over to Dezeen Events Guide or read on for a selection of our highlights.

Render of Es Devlin's Forest for Change installation at Somerset House as seen in Dezeen Events Guide June 2021
Top image: Body-Building is among the films being shown at the Arquiteturas Film Festival. Above: the Forest for Change is taking over the courtyard of Somerset House as part of the London Design Biennale

Arquiteturas Film Festival 2021
1 to 6 June

The eighth edition of Lisbon's Arquiteturas Film Festival will explore how the built environment can work to restrict or enable the freedom of its inhabitants under the theme of Bodies Out of Space.

Particularly poignant given it was chosen long before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, the theme encompasses issues from urban sprawl to environmental inequality and colonialism.

The programme also includes a special selection of films from this year's partner country Angola alongside the Africa Habitat debate series, which will explore how housing interventions in urban margins can create more inclusive cities.

London Design Biennale 
1 to 27 June 

Designers from more than 50 countries have created original installations for this year's London Design Biennale, which is set to take over Somerset House for the duration of this month.

Under the artistic direction of Es Devlin – who has previously created sets for musicians from Beyoncé to Kanye West – the event will explore design's power to bridge cultures and alter behaviour.

Highlights include the 400 trees that are being planted in the Somerset House courtyard as part of Devlin's Forest for Change installation.

Meanwhile, Ini Archibong's Pavilion of the Diaspora, which was first announced on Dezeen last June, will give a voice to displaced Africans who don't feel represented by any particular flag.

Banned Scarf by Céline Semaan Vernon for Slow Factory from Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition at Cooper Hewitt
The Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition features work by Lebanese designer Céline Semaan Vernon

Design Shanghai 2021
3 to 6 June

China's largest contemporary design show is set to be 25 per cent bigger this year, welcoming 400 brands from 30 countries. Featured are homegrown talents such as Stellar Works and Shang Xia alongside big international names from Hay to Herman Miller.

The event's extensive talks programme is centred around the theme of regenerative design and will include Thomas Heatherwick, Memphis Group co-founder Aldo Cibic and Hong Kong designer Chi Wing Lo as speakers.

For those unable to attend, recordings of the talks will be available via the Design Shanghai website. But those who are able to make it should visit the fair's Talents section, which spotlights work from 20 of China's most promising, up-and-coming designers.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions
10 June to 11 July

New York's Cooper Hewitt museum is reopening its doors on 10 June with an exhibition dedicated to modern Islamic dress and the rise of the modest fashion industry.

Spanning 80 different outfits, the showcase chronicles the myriad ways that Muslim women are expressing their faith through their clothing – whether by wearing the veil or choosing not to.

Examples range from couture garments to the Nike Pro Hijab, with a special focus on designs created by Muslim women themselves.

Serpentine Pavilion 2021 by Counterspace as seen in Dezeen Events Guide June 2021
The 2021 Serpentine pavilion is made from cork and bricks made of recycled material

Serpentine Pavilion 2021
11 June to 17 October

Cork and recycled bricks are among the low-carbon materials that South African architecture firm Counterspace has used to construct the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion.

The installation, which is finally opening its doors this June after being delayed for a year, is a homage to London's migrant communities and incorporates different shapes and textures found in communal meeting spaces across the city – from markets to places of worship.

In anticipation of the launch, Dezeen will be hosting a livestreamed talk on 9 June featuring Serpentine director Hans Ulrich Obrist and Counterspace's Sumayya Vally, who was recently named one of Time magazine's 100 leaders of the future.

About Dezeen Events Guide

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events taking place across the world each year.

The guide is updated weekly and includes virtual events, conferences, trade fairs, major exhibitions and design weeks, as well as up-to-date information about what events have been cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Inclusion in the guide is free for basic listings, with events selected at Dezeen's discretion. Organisers can get enhanced or premium listings for their events, including images, additional text and links, by paying a modest fee.

In addition, events can ensure inclusion by partnering with Dezeen. For more details on inclusion in Dezeen Events Guide and media partnerships with Dezeen, email [email protected].