Pavilions and Power


The London Festival of Architecture is one of the world’s largest annual architecture festivals which relies on the collaboration with architecture and design practices, leading cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others to celebrate London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. Over the years LFA Competitions have helped deliver some of the most interesting public interventions such as the Dulwich Picture Gallery Pavilions, City Benches, St Paul’s Gateway amongst others. Whilst numerous other festivals decided to cancel or postpone their program LFA has taken on the challenge and has for the first time inaugurated an online festival - LFA Digital which this year will examine power from multiple perspectives. My name is Federica Zambeletti, founder of KooZA/rch, and today I will be in conversation with LFA’s head of programme Rosa Rogina and James and Carolina of the Tottenham Pavilion to discuss the typology of the pavilion and the implications of the digitalisation of the programme.

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Episode 11 · 4 months ago

The Podcast Series

A month after launching our podcast: Tottenham Pavilion Conversations we meet again with the Tottenham pavilion team to discuss and reflect on the inspiring individual conversations we have engaged in and the digitalisation of the pavilion as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2020.

Episode 10 · 4 months ago

The Winning Design

In late January 2020, a call out to design a new kind of public space in the shape of a Pavilion went live. The self-titled competition, Tottenham Pavilion, was open to applicants from all walks of life - from artists to architects, student to establish practices. With initial expectations of between 15-20 applicants, the organisers were overwhelmed when over 1000 people registered interest worldwide. To ensure applicants understood the context, designing a Pavilion within a warehouse based community - a website full of resources was created and localised events were held. Today we invite the Tottenham Pavilion organisers to talk to the winning design team.

Episode 9 · 4 months ago

The Judging Process

The Tottenham Pavilion organisers were always clear that they needed a panel of experts to judge the competition. They needed people from the architectural sector and the locality to judge both the feasibility of the structure and its potential relationship with the Harringay Warehouse District and neighbouring communities. The organisers also wanted to capture local reactions to the designs and hosted a ‘Community Vote’ to gauge reactions. In total seven judges were involved, four from leading architectural practices, two from the Harringay Warehouse District and one with insight around Tottenham’s creative sector. Today we meet Katy Marks, from Citizens Design Bureau, Aida Esposito, Creative Industries Consultant, and Ryan Hughes, Harringay Warehouse District tenant and architect in his own right.

Episode 8 · 4 months ago

The Architecture Competition

In late January 2020, a call out to design The Tottenham Pavilion went live, engaging more than 1000 people and resulting in the submission of 166 entries from creatives worldwide. Since 2016 CHART Architecture engages in a 72-hour competition, inviting postgraduate students or newly graduated architects, designers and artists working in the Nordic region to explore and challenge the crossovers between art, design and architecture through realising temporary pavilions. 

Architecture competitions are much more than just a format, but rather spaces of true experimentation for the discipline itself. Beyond the world of academia these can be catalysts for research where ideas are put forward and boundaries are challenged. My name is Federica Zambeletti, founder of KooZA/rch, and in this podcast l will be in conversation with Carolina and James from the Tottenham Pavilion, as well as Nanna Hjortenberg, director of CHART to discuss the format of the competition and its role within the production of architecture, both physically and conceptually.