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London Festival of Architecture Returns

May 16, 2024

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is returning to Barnet for its 20th anniversary with an exciting programme of activities taking place across the borough throughout June. The LFA is a month-long celebration of architecture and Brent Cross Town is taking part again this year.

Following last year’s successful LFA event at Brent Cross Town, this year, there will be a panel event called ‘A Place Where All Can Flourish: Bringing Wellbeing into Placemaking’ and you’re invited to join. The event takes place on Wednesday 5 June from 5.30pm to 8pm. The session will be kickstarted with a guided tour of the local area, including our new Brent Cross West station and popular The 108 baseball centre, before heading back to the Visitor Pavilion where the panel discussion will take place.

The panel will be chaired by Women in Sport’s CEO Stephanie Hilbourne OBE, and feature members of Barnet Council, Related Argent, Moxon Architects and Manchester University. They will discuss how we monitor the impact of our projects and shape our approach in response to the findings. Tickets are free, but you need to book your space here.

Other LFA events taking place in Barnet include:

  • Reimagine Refuse and Junk Model Your City: A family junk modelling session where children will design, craft and build something extraordinary out of everyday junk.
  • Community at the Core of Copthall Pavilion: Interventions by GPAD and POoR Collective, the design team behind the revitalisation of the Pavilion, will encourage the wider community to engage with the pavilion in a dynamic and joyful way. The external walls will host flexible interventions and the surrounding fields will be animated by a weekend of celebratory activity.
  • Barnet Legends: Architect Edward Crooks – who created the artwork for the Barnet Legends project – will lead a tour that delves into the borough’s rich history, creativity and innovation that informed his research and provided the inspiration for his design.
  • Edible Reimagining: Community Wellbeing Garden Launch Party: Discover a new wellbeing space at the Incredible Edible Barnet community food garden outside St John’s United Reformed Church.
  • Three Parks Challenge: A Silk Stream tour through three local parks: Meads, Watling, and Silkstream, to explore the local micro-diversity, while explaining how the parks are being reimagined and restored.
  • Creative Collage Workshop — Caving Outwards: Reimagining Playful Co-Existence: A creative collage workshop and exhibition exploring the experience of communal spaces in Barnet through collaborative mixed media.
  • Reimagining Parks and Open Spaces – Cherry Tree Wood: A walk to rethink how our parks and open spaces can change to address the issues of the twenty first century and beyond.

More details on the events can be found here.