GLA festival to celebrate design in London

The Greater London Authority will celebrate the importance of design to London’s history as part of ten-day-long festival the Story of London.

The festival, which will be held from 1-10 October, will focus on specific innovations and iconic designs that have improved the economic or social prosperity of the city.

Architects John Pawson and Sir Terry Farell, Cox Review author Sir George Cox, London Development Agency director of development Peter Bishop and Design Council chief design officer Mat Hunter will all speak as part of the festival’s Future City lecture series.

Talks will discuss issues such as the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games and digital innovation in the city. Special events at the British Museum, Crossness Pumping Station and Burlington Arcade will allow visitors to explore landmark innovation at different locations across the capital.

It is the second year that the festival will be held after it was established in 2009 by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Johnson says, ‘From the inventor of the incandescent light bulb to surgical techniques, from beer-making to fashion and digital art, London continues to play a crucial role in every sphere of human activity.’

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