Design Agenda September
The best of design and architecture in London this month
Our BDG London studio is situated along the South Bank riverside, known as London’s cultural district, and this month the Thames front will see a very colourful addition to it. Designjunction returns (20th – 23rd September) to London for its eighth year to showcase the installation by François Dumas and Lisa White’s Gateway to Inclusion. This colourful ribbon and steel structure will feature along the pier outside of the Oxo Tower and will encourage pedestrians to walk on the pier and enjoy the experience.
This month also sees the return of the annual London Design Festival (15th – 23rd September) as well as the Design Fair featuring over 200 international design brands and pop-up shops at the Old Truman Brewery. There will be a host of free activities and installations across London during the festival, visit their website for more information.
During the London Design Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum will be hosting multiple events and showcasing many installations from various designers and architects. We recommend the MultiPly installation (15th September – 1st October) which is an interactive modular maze-like installation designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP.
Fancy stretching out your legs this month? Join the walking tour hosted by New London Architecture (8th September) and explore the London Southbank. Find out about the Bankside’s regeneration including projects such as the Millennium Bridge, the Shard and the recent completion of Herzog and de Meuron’s angular brick extension to Tate Modern. (newlondonarchitecture.org from £14)
Alternatively, jump on a boat and view the London Architecture from the Thames! The tour is guided by architect and teacher at the Architectural Association, Benedict O’Looney. Expect to see the ongoing construction and redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, the new American Embassy and the studio of Norman Foster designer of the Gherkin and the Millennium Bridge as well as viewing the Shard and Somerset House. (29th September opencity.com from £35.50)