Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Passion for the Future; (1) Architecture Week Is a Big Star-Studded Event This Year, with the First London Biennale: World-Famous Architects, a Crop of Exhibitions, Walks, Seminars and a Huge Family Picnic All Make This a Real Extravaganza

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Passion for the Future; (1) Architecture Week Is a Big Star-Studded Event This Year, with the First London Biennale: World-Famous Architects, a Crop of Exhibitions, Walks, Seminars and a Huge Family Picnic All Make This a Real Extravaganza

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Byline: FAY SWEET

HOW to create your dream home, debate whether skyscrapers are masterpieces or monstrosities, tour the Victoria & Albert Museum with a leading architect, and join in a big street picnic in Smithfield. Just some of the hundreds of events planned across the capital for this year's Architecture Week.

This summer's festival is larger and more starstudded than ever, with world-famous architects taking part, including Will Alsop, Zaha Hadid, Terry Farrell, Norman Foster and Alvaro Siza.

The event has also expanded to include the first London Biennale; an architectural extravaganza of exhibitions, seminars, walks and music that take place in Clerkenwell.

The increasing popularity of Architecture Week demonstrates that Londoners not only have sophisticated tastes and strong opinions about what gets built, but are also passionate about their city and relish the opportunity to meet faceto-face with the architects and designers who are shaping our future.

The Way We Live is this year's theme, and the festival touches on every aspect of our environment, from homes and workplaces to gardens and public spaces.

Highlights

V&A - Sense and the City Last year, more than 4,000 people came to this Friday evening fixture (25 June). A stream of events include touring the galleries with well-known architects, such as Eva Jiricna and Laurie Chetwood, artworks by Lucy Orta, which involve dressing 100 people in gold suits, a full reading of the London A-Z and a lecture by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza.

The events begin at 6.30pm; admission is free.

Tate Britain - Inside Out, Transformation in the Contemporary Garden Gardener Monty Don and artist Richard Wentworth will be among those discussing the changes in our gardens on 23 June. The event begins at 6.30pm.

For tickets, call 020 7887 8888.

National Theatre - Brutalist Beauty

Director Nicholas Hytner, actor Fiona Shaw and architect Mark Foley debate the merits and misfortunes of the National Theatre building (22 June at 6pm).

"Architours" of the building take place on 19, 22 and 26 June. For tickets to both events, call 020 7452 3000, or email info@nationaltheatre.gov.uk.

Selfridges, Oxford Street - Greetings from London The windows of Selfridges become a gallery of ideas for futuristic visions of London, which will be used on postcards, by top architects, including Zaha Hadid, Will Alsop, Foster & Partners and Foreign Office Architects. Organised by The Architecture Foundation, the event also encourages Londoners to submit their own ideas and visions. Top prize is a [pounds sterling]500 Selfridges voucher and a spot on The Architecture Foundation website. For more information, visit www.selfridges.co.uk.

Homes & Property Debate - The Only Way is Up

Modern masterpieces or blots on the landscape?

How can London provide new homes without smothering the green belt in concrete? Join the discussion with some of the country's leading architects in the Homes & Property/ RIBA debate on 23 June. Piers Gough, of CZWG, and Julia Barfield, of Marks Barfield, will put the case for taller buildings, while Sir Terry Farrell, of Farrell & Partners, and Angela Brady, of Brady Mallalieu, will argue that the future lies in low-rise. Following the architects, the debate will be opened to the audience.

The evening will be chaired by George Ferguson, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and it takes place at RIBA headquarters, 66 Portland Place, W1. Doors open at 6pm, to start at 6.30; admission is free.

Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis. To make a reservation, book online at www.ribagallery.com, or call 020 7307 3699.

Children: Design an Olympic City

Artillery Architecture is organising a workshop for children at Leadenhall Market on Sunday 27 June. …

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