The theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture was ‘The Welcoming City’ and we saw interesting projects that make the city more friendly pop up all over town. A project that excited architecture and book lovers alike was the Foldaway Bookshop, crafted entirely from cardboard and opening for only 13 days, it was a must see part of the festival and a one stop specialist bookshop. The bespoke interior, with its walls and shelves of cardboard was designed by Campaign and featured cardboard furniture from Eurban.
To keep this temporary shop environmentally friendly the cardboard will be recycled now that the festival has ended. The browsing experience was made more interesting with displays of book recommendations from architects and critics practicing in London, as well as a noteworthy collection of vintage publications, including a display of vintage copies of Architectural Design on loan from the personal collection of late Monica Pidgeon, who as editor of the magazine for 30 years built it into the internationally well respected publication it is today. If all of the books and displays weren’t enough to get your archi-fix they also projected clips from films featuring architecture and the city in the space and hosted an array of interesting talks. Images from Paul Greenleaf.