Fitzrovia Trail, Saturday 22 June 2013
By Laura Broderick
For people who would like to see ‘behind the scenes’ in an architectural practice there will be a series of open studios to visit. NEX on Newman Street are opening up their roof terrace for people to make sculptures and graphics, WATG on Fitzroy Square are inviting you to create an animated flip-book and ESA on Wells Street would like you to play table tennis with them — or just share a cup of tea and chat!
Also happening on the day is new street festival project for Great Titchfield Street — a section of which will be transformed into a pedestrianised haven on Saturday 22 June. Local restaurants and cafes are invited to make the most of the traffic-free street, whilst architects and designers will explore and enhance the extra space.
Local businesses and architects are currently collaborating on the project to programme a series of events and activities for the Fitzrovia community and visitors to enjoy from 12.00 to 18.00. J-J Lorraine from Morrow + Lorraine Architects, the project leader of the street festival said:
“The Great Titchfield Street Festival aims to turn the street into an urban oasis and celebrate a ‘Time for Architecture’ by bringing the local community and architectural practices together.
“We are hopeful that this ‘Masterchef for buildings’ will offer inspiration to spectators and architects alike, and bring the local community together in what is set to be a fantastic event.”
Also happening in the neighbourhood as part of the trails are some great walking tours (including from Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association), exhibitions and student degree shows to pop in on.
The Fitzrovia Trail map with full local event information will go live on the RIBA’s website shortly. Please keep a look out, and do join the events on Saturday 22 June.
To find out more about the London Festival of Architecture and the full event programme please visit: www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org