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This city-wide celebration of architecture brings architects and communities together to examine how to make London a better place and we're delighted that it features as part of our Camden summer programme of events for 2012.
The theme of the 2012 Festival is ‘the playful city’, which is a response to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Two of the three festival hubs will be in Camden - in King's Cross and Fitzrovia. There are too many things on to list all of them, but we've sourced a few of our favourites for you to feast your eyes on.
After the party: the legacy of celebration
25 June- 5 October
London has embarked upon an ambitious building programme with new spaces and structures dedicated to marking this Olympic year, but how does this effort compare with celebrations past? This exhibition explores how events across time have left a legacy through the structures built for them. Drawing on RIBA's collections, it examines the lasting social and urban impact of buildings created to celebrate a moment in time.
Architects through the looking glass: design exhibition
30 June, 12-4pm
Step through the looking glass to this open studios event in collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture’s Playful City 2012. Using only cardboard, sound and light the group have created a series of installations which will tease, challenge and inspire you to think about architecture and about the city in playful and surprising ways.
6 July-31 December
The underlying theme of 'wellbeing in a playful city' is the seed to this project. Contact Improvisation performances will take place in the new public and semi-public spaces that have been provided by the recent developments across the Kings Cross area.
King's Cross focus weekend
On the closing festival weekend, The Architecture Foundation will focus its energy on the King’s Cross area, where visitors will be invited to explore a trail of ‘urban actions’—small, playful interventions which seek to improve the city for its users.
King’s Cross: Drink, Shop & Do
Why not make a micro sculpture to take out and install in a public space in King’s Cross.
Keep your eyes peeled for an inspiring spot to place your sculpture on your way around the tour.
King’s Cross skip garden
7 July 9am-5pm
Open for one day, Global Generation’s skip garden is a self-sustaining vegetable garden with a twist – it’s moveable. As different areas are developed in King’s Cross, the skips are moved to new locations within the development site.
King’s Cross picnic
7 July and 8 July, 11am-5pm
Squire and Partners are transforming a cobbled King's Cross backstreet into an inviting picnic garden using local and recycled materials, designed in collaboration with landscape architect Jeremy Rye. Picnic events include performances by young dancers from The Place and delicious lunches and drinks from the kitchen at 06 St Chad’s place.
For more information you can find all event details during the London Festival of Architecture on their website.
Camden's summer programme of events 2012
And you can discover all that Camden has to offer this exceptional summer in our summer programme.