London mayoral election programme announced

Three public events at the Barbican Arts Centre address the capital's forthcoming election


07:00pm, Tuesday, 19 April 2016


09:00pm, Monday, 6 June 2016


Standard: £12
Concession: £10
Young Barbican: £5 

Architecture Foundation Members £10

This is a past event

The Architecture Foundation is curating a programme of three events related to London’s forthcoming Mayoral Election, involving leading writers and architects from London and overseas.  The public talks form part of the ongoing Architecture on Stage series, which the Architecture Foundation curates in partnership with the Barbican.   Tickets for A Manifesto for London: Ten Ideas for the New Mayor and John Lanchester in conversation with Rowan Moore are available from the Barbican box office now.  Tickets for City Architects will go on sale later in the month. 

A Manifesto for London: Ten Ideas for the New Mayor

19 April 2016, Frobisher Auditorium 1


Join us for the first of three Architecture on Stage events relating to London’s mayoral election, where ten speakers will propose initiatives they want the city’s next Mayor to adopt. In a quick-fire format, the speakers will put forward proposals aimed at protecting manufacturing space, empowering community land trusts, educating planners and making better use of public land.  The speakers include Oliver Wainwright (The Guardian), Mark Brearley (Cass Cities), Bob and Roberta Smith (artist), Kate McTiernan (Shuffle), Crispin Kelly (Baylight Properties), David Knight (DK-CM), Claire Bennie (architect and housing developer), Carolyn Steel (author of Hungry City), Anna Minton (author of Ground Control) & Alex Ely (Mae Architects).  The evening will be chaired by Ellis Woodman.

Bob & Roberta Smith

Bob & Roberta Smith, artist

Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

 Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City

 Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City

David Knight, DK-CM

David Knight, DK-CM Architects

Claire Bennie

Claire Bennie, architect and housing developer

Crispin Kelly, Baylight Properties

Crispin Kelly, Baylight Properties

Kate McTiernan

Kate McTiernan, Shuffle Festival

Mark Brearley

Mark Brearley, Cass Cities

Anna Minton

Anna Minton, author of Ground Control

Alex Ely

Alex Ely, Mae Architects


John Lanchester in conversation with Rowan Moore

3 May 2016, Frobisher Auditorium 1 

In the week that Londoners go to the polls to elect a new mayor, two of the most perceptive observers on the city’s development, John Lanchester and Rowan Moore, discuss the issues at stake.   John Lanchester has addressed the recent socio-economic transformation of London both as a journalist and as the author of Capital (2012), an epic novel set during the 2008 financial crisis which was recently adapted into a BBC television series.  Rowan Moore is the architecture critic of The Observer and the author of Slow Burn City: London in the Twenty First Century (2016).  Chaired by Professor Fran Tonkiss, the director of the LSE Cities Programme.

John Lanchester

John Lanchester, author

Rowan Moore

Rowan Moore, The Observer 


City Architects

6 June 2016, Frobisher Auditorium 1

Unlike many of the world’s leading cities, London has no City Architect.  Nobody is actively steering the transformation of London’s skyline or the development of its riverfront or taking a strategic view of countless other planning considerations of relevance to the entire city.   A month after London’s mayoral elections, this event explores what it is that City Architects do and asks whether London could benefit from the creation of such a post.  Speakers include Kristiaan Borret, the City Architect of Brussels and  Seung H-Sang, the city architect of Seoul.  The event will be chaired by Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and has been generously supported by the Norman Foster Foundation.

 Kristiaan Borret

Kristiaan Borret, Brussels City Architect

Seung H-Sang, Seoul City Architect