The much-anticipated London Design Festival is celebrating its 15th iteration this year with over 400 events on offer to the general public over the course of its one week span. With such a jam-packed schedule of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and tours materialising throughout the urban grid, we understand how the task of selecting just what to head along to might result in some analysis paralysis. To help you avoid any festival fatigue, we’ve delved deep into the programme and resurfaced with our selection of some festival bests:
Villa Walala – a brightly-coloured inflatable landscape by artist Camille Walala inspires wonder, inviting passer-byers to bounce away the monotony of the everyday.
Artefact Footwear, Futures – an exhibition of work from the London College of Fashion programme that responds critically to contemporary culture and speculates on design as a reflection and shaper of social behaviour.
Critic, curator, editor and provocateur Mimi Zeiger has written three books on tiny houses. Now, she turns to utopia: how do speculative fictions and futurisms drive architecture? Her hometown of Los Angeles is a case in point, a depository of radical dreams, be it Afro-Futurism or a promise of downtown walkability
Carine Thévenau documents and examines deserted playground relics of the Japanese 1980s financial boom (and bust). The abandoned structures create a visual silence, allowing room for curiosity and critical thought. This interval, referred to as “Ma” in Japanese philosophy, is defined as a space between, or a pause that enables space for emotion, thought and life to pass through it
Emerging technologies, data collection and the fraught relationship between apps that improve our lives yet increasingly encroach on our right to privacy. Our New York-based correspondent Janie Green talks to architect and co-designer of the GoogleUrbanism project, Nicolay Boyadjiev, about the potential for negotiating an alternative future