Mission – Team Eskimo and The London Festival of Architecture
It was a very early and drizzly start, last Thursday when Team Eskimo embarked on a high spirited mission (…possibly caffeine assisted) up to The London Festival of Architecture.
We arrived at the incredibly stylish, Minotti showroom for the Urbano Networking Breakfast, as part of London Festival Architecture (#LFA2019). The guest speaker was Yolande Barnes, Professor & Chair of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute at UCL and Specialist Advisors to the new ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ Commission, which is looking how design & style can unlock the housing crisis.
Yolande’s talk about how architecture needs to rediscover how people really live, to create urban geography that connects it a citizen’s to their environment to improve happiness, was truly fascinating and I could have quite happily of sat there and listen to her speak all day!
“Beauty has long been the domain and discourse of the architect…… I want to get away from the notion that beauty in the built environment is the sole province of the architect. We never talk about designing ‘beautiful geography’ or ‘beautiful business models’ or ‘beautiful land holding mechanisms’ yet all of these play a crucial part in the delivery of loved built environments.
I will argue that “Beauty is the truth, truth beauty” – but we have lost sight of truth, or authenticity, in the built environment. In the 20th century, we have worked for the interests of short term capital rather than the people and enterprises who inhabit the city and use buildings.
We have forgotten how to work together for people.’
Truly inspiring stuff!
Next up it was a powder stride over to The Building Centre, a ideal venue for LFA2019, where Team Eskimo explored the plethora of displays and trade stands from some our favorite suppliers, including smart home experts Delta Dore (whose stand showcased one of our beautiful OUTLINE Concrete radiators) and colour aficionados, Axalata , whose immersive framed colour palettes were a joy to behold.
After spending a highly enjoyable few hours wandering around, we had to beat a hasty retreat back to the West Country, wishing that we had more time to explore the highlights of this year’s festival. But we have promised ourselves that we will be back!
The festival is on until the 30th of June 2019 and well worth a visit.