Musicity invites musicians and recording artists to compose audio tracks in response to buildings and spaces in locations around the world. Founded in 2010 by BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter and radio producer Nick Luscombe, Musicity encourages audiences to venture out, to explore cities and to experience the urban environment in new and unexpected ways. As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture Musicity has worked with musicians and sound artists each responding to 15 locations along The Low Line, focusing on the railway arches that have been part of Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey’s heritage for over 150 years. Each track will be geo-tagged to a different location including Flat Iron Square, Borough Market, Ewer Street, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, Southwark Cathedral, The Biscuit Factory, Vinegar Yard and others, and will be accessible for streaming via the Musicity smartphone webapp. Artists include Szjerdene, Erland Cooper, Suitman Jungle, William Doyle, Nabihah Iqbal, Chihiro Ono, The Memory Band, Gestalt, Frog Morris, Lossy, Cunning Folk, Tom Szirties, James Alec Hardy, Lola de la Mata and Thomas Stone. Click here for Musicity X Low Line. Visit mscty.space/ to explore new ways to experience the world through sound and space. Musicity x Low Line has been commissioned by Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and The Blue Bermondsey
This walking tour of the historic riverside area of Shad Thames is part of London Festival of Architecture 2019, exploring the festival’s theme of boundaries. The walk begins at The Dixon Hotel with complimentary refreshments and an introduction to the area, and hear about converting this former Magistrates Court and Police Station into a leading-edge hotel. The group will then head off on foot, stopping at Tower Bridge Court (TBC) to learn about the upcoming refurbishment of this office building. The walk continues looking at private and public spaces along the backstreets and waterside, ending with a visit to Anise Gallery to see their LFA photography exhibition Every Building on the Old Kent Road 2019. 10.30AM – 12.30PM Meet at The Dixon Hotel, 211 Tooley Street, London SE1 2JX Free, no booking required
The London Festival of Architecture 2019 is a series of over 400 events exploring this year’s theme of ‘Boundaries’ across London, 1-30 June. London Bridge will be a hub area for the second year running, reflecting the importance of the changing built environment and globally-famous, landmark architecture we have here. The programme is designed to offer events that can appeal to anyone: exhibitions and installations, talks and debates, walks and tours, family events, film screenings and a wide range of special events. Highlights of the London Festival of Architecture London Bridge Hub include: Musicity x Low Line 1-30 June Andrew Logan; no boundaries 6 June Architecture for the Dead: Burial Grounds & Crypts 6 June Make Music Day Parade along the Low Line 21 June Tower Bridge 125th Birthday Weekend 29-30 June And a varied selection of guided, themed walks throughout the month. For the full London Bridge hub programme click here. The Boundaries theme for this year lends itself perfectly to London Bridge. Life in cities is all about physical and mental boundaries. We are constrained, ordered and defined by borders, fences and walls that in many ways make us comfortable. For architects, however, boundaries are more than a mundane fact of everyday life: they’re something to be challenged. The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is Europe’s largest annual architecture event and celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. The programme is delivered by architecture and design practices and practitioners, cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others. The festival appeals to a huge public audience: in 2018 an estimated 600,000 people attended festival events, most of which were free. londonfestivalofarchitecture.org
The Thames has been ever evolving over the two thousand year history of London Bridge. This is a free open air screening showing two short documentaries from London Metropolitan Archives on Tower Bridge and London Bridge, and images of exciting future projects that could continue the rich history of creativity, design and construction on the Thames – the Thames Baths and London Promenade. What’s more, you’ll experience this in the unique setting of the Scoop, London’s famous open air amphitheatre – surrounded by the staple historical sites of Tower Bridge, Tower Hill, HMS Belfast and London Bridge itself. The screening starts at 1PM, finishing at 2PM. Click here to book your free ticket. This event is part of London Festival of Architecture
The theme of London Festival of Architecture 2017 festival is ‘memory’, explored through a wide range of events and activities from 1-30 June 2017. London is a city of myriad layers, each infused with memory: of people, buildings, places and experiences. London’s built environment, with memories bound up within it, is fundamental to how people experience the city, and the starting point from which architects, developers and communities can address change. As part of the LFA, Team London Bridge will deliver a range of events, talks and walks, including London Bridge Open Kitchen, where a collection of London Bridge’s finest restaurants, bars and breweries gather for an al fresco evening on St Thomas Street. Events A Place for Old and New – The Scoop at More London – Monday, 5th June 2017 London Bridge Station – Secret Tour – London Bridge Station – Tuesday, 13 June 2017 Screening London Bridge Memories – The Scoop at More London – Thursday, 22 June 2017 London Bridge Open Kitchen – St Thomas Street – Wednesday 28th June 2017 (details coming soon) Full listing here.