The British Council’s annual International Architecture Showcase culminates this weekend with a series of presentations at the Balfron Tower (pictured above).
Ten teams – each comprising an architecture practice from the UK and one from abroad – came together for seven days to examine the influence of émigré architecture on London. Muf Architecture, Duggan Morris and Sarah Wigglesworth are among the British firms, while the international participants include Estonian architect Aet Ader; Tehran-based Hossein Hejrat of ZAV Architects; Nigerian architect Papa Omotayo; and Paula Velasco of Chilean MoVe architects.
On Saturday, they will present their work, which focuses on five themes – culture, housing, nature, town centres and transition – in relation to the east London area of Poplar. There will be a discussion on the role of the émigré architect and the launch of a publication that collates the architects’ proposals and research, aiming to open up dialogue about the past, present and future visions for the neighbourhood.
Events, including a “vertical carnival tour” of the building, will take place all day.