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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation 2022

A collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture, Manifestos returns for the 4th year to present radical calls to action from London’s new guard of architecture.

What to expect

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation is a collaboration between London Festival of Architecture and the Design Museum, highlighting work by an emerging generation of voices in architecture who are shaping a new future for London.

The challenges that London poses to young people are shaping the boundaries of architecture and what it means to be an architect in this city. Precarious working conditions, cuts to public services and facilities, social discrimination, and now the repercussions of Covid-19 are just some of the defining parameters facing young people today. In London, they present urgent and complex spatial challenges for the city and its future urban life.

Each year, a panel of influential architects and thinkers are invited to nominate a new voice who is expanding the parameters of what architecture can be, who London is for, and what its future holds

This year's nominators are:

Thomas Aquilina

Ben Campkin

Ashley McCormick

Elsie Owusu OBE

Binki Taylor FRSA

Nominated

Prince Henry Ajene

Nominated by Elsie Owusu, Prince is an architectural designer and director at Henry Ajene Studio. He has expertise in the design and delivery of art, residential, and urban design projects within the UK and West Africa. He worked with Elsie Owusu Architects leading the UK design team for Guest Artist Space, Lagos, for British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA.

Krish Nathaniel

Nominated by Thomas Aquilina, Krish is a spatial practitioner, working between urban design and spatial justice. He is the Principal Urban Designer for Harrow and architect-in-residence at Glamis Adventure Playground. Krish has written for The Observer and Architectural Review and as an artist focuses on transnationalism and social histories.

Nooma

Nominated by Binki Taylor, NOOMA Studio is an interdisciplinary design practice of architects and creatives with a heartfelt connection to London. The studio is founded on diversity and a collaborative co-creation methodology. Formed of members from non-traditional backgrounds, NOOMA take London’s cultural mosaic is their normal.

Pride of Arabia (POA)

Nominated by Ashley McCormick, POA is a social support network and platform that centres LGBTQI+ SWANA migrants and people of colour who are navigating their identities and nurturing community through mutual interdependence. POA is a space for engaging in politics of care, resource sharing and knowledge production. They hold and build their own spaces relying on non-extractive values of exchange.

Nathaniel Télémaque

Nominated by Ben Campkin, Nathaniel is a North West London, born and raised neighbourhood Visual Artist, Writer and Researcher. His Practice-Related PhD Project ‘Everyday Things: Generations 88 - 98’ visualises the experiences of a kinship group of young Black Adults living on the White City Estate in Shepherds Bush, West London.

Work by Nathaniel Télémaque

Work by Prince Henry Ajene

Work by Krish Nathaniel

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Nominators

Thomas Aquilina

Thomas is an architect and Design Researcher in Residence with the Future Observatory programme at the Design Museum, where he is investigating the relationship between spatial justice and the climate crisis in London. He co-directs the New Architecture Writers programme and is a co-founder of publishing collective Afterparti.

Ben Campkin

Ben is Professor of Urbanism and Urban History in The Bartlett School of Architecture, Co-Director of UCL Urban Laboratory and author of remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (2013).

Ashley McCormick

Ashley is Senior Curator of Public Programmes at The Design Museum. She leads New Thinking, New Voices, our platform for emerging and established designers, makers, technologists, commentators, researchers, innovators and activists to shape and share their insights, reflections, wisdom and calls to action.

Elsie Owusu OBE

Elsie is an architect whose work includes the UK Supreme Court and London’s Green Park Station. Current projects include a studio/residency complex for Yinka Shonibare CBE in Lagos and new eco-homes in Sussex. Elsie is a director of JustGhana Ltd, promoting education in architecture and creative industries in Ghana and the UK. She was honoured for services to architecture as Founding Chair of the Society of Black Architects.

Binki Taylor FRSA

Binki is a creative producer and community activator, and founding partner of the Brixton Project, a community placemaking organisation that uses creativity to involve local people’s in the cultural and economic evolution of where they live and work. Her approach to working in evolving communities is to build creative accessible, people-first platforms to foster communication between stakeholders.

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Adult: £8
Concession: £7
Members: £6

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In partnership with LFA

The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. It began in 2004 and has since grown to become the world’s largest annual architecture festival attracting a vast global audience.

Background image: Work by Nathaniel Télémaque.