City Crits: South Kensington with Alice Dietsch
AL_A director Alice Dietsch explores the architectural history of South Kesington and presents the practice's new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter
London City Crits is a new series of walking tours exploring the past, present and future of the many areas undergoing massive transformation within the capital. Our latest event explores South Kensington and will be led by AL_A director Alice Dietsch who led the practice’s highly anticipated V&A Exhibition Road Quarter project.
The tour will explore the radical transformation of the area during last two centuries – during which an agricultural landscape was swept away to create a new ‘Albertopolis’ featuring institutions dedicated to the sciences and the arts – and visit the district’s many landmarks including the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, V&A and Royal Albert Hall.
Dietsch – who was project architect for AL_A’s Central Embassy Bangkok and is leading the studio’s overhaul of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris – will talk us through the architecture behind the area’s showcase buildings, evaluating where things went right and wrong, and how our approach to inner city renewal could be enhanced by such examples.
Key highlights along the route will include a behind the scenes tour of the iconic Art Deco-Style Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, a presentation of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter by the lead architect, and a tour of the V&A’s exterior murals and similar artworks on the Royal Albert Hall.
The walk will conclude at the Royal Albert Hall where the group will visit a nearby cafe or bar to discuss lessons learned surveying the territory.
Duration: 2 hours
Start: South Kensington Underground Station
End: Kensington Gore
All routes are wheelchair accessible, but please do let us know in advance if you have any special requirements and we’ll make sure we plan accordingly.
Children are welcome to join free of charge.