The London Festival of Architecture

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The London Festival of Architecture

This weekend sees the launch of the London Festival of Architecture, with events being held at a number of different locations.

Running until June 30, the festival will be collaborating with the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership to host installations, talks and events.

With an annual theme of Boundaries, highlights include a new commission for the RIBA Architecture Gallery, Playing the Picturesque by You+ Pea.

This is an interactive installation exploring the boundaries between virtual and physical space.

It takes the form of a series of scaled folly structures extracted from real picturesque landscapes by 19th century architect John Nash and extended into interactive virtual game environments.

Another highlight is Above and Beyond – a new installation by Etcetera Studio in the First Floor Gallery at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, which runs until July 6.

It was 100 years ago that the Cenotaph was revealed to the public.

A timeless eternal structure, Sir Edwin Lutyens’s design traces the arc of a sphere 100m below the earth and tapers to a point 300m into the sky.

It is an architecture that speaks to memory, revealing only a fragment of a much larger imagined geometry, crossing the boundaries of space, time and memory.

Playing on the notion of illusionary assemblies, this installation of a sculptural fragment transcends the gallery space, providing clues for the visitor and allowing them to imagine a space where alternative futures may be possible.