Danc­ing in the street

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

Acom­pe­ti­tion has been launched by the London Fes­ti­val of Ar­chi­tec­ture (LFA) in part­ner­ship with the north­bank BID London to de­sign a new may­pole for the cap­i­tal, the first proper one since the Restora­tion.

De­sign­ers, artists, engi­neers and ar­chi­tects are be­ing in­vited to put for­ward their pro­pos­als for a 21stcen­tury ver­sion to stand as a tem­po­rary land­mark be­side St mary le Strand for the du­ra­tion of the London Fes­ti­val of Ar­chi­tec­ture next sum­mer. it will be the suc­ces­sor to a cel­e­brated may­pole that was more than 100ft tall, erected on the Strand to cel­e­brate the Restora­tion in 1660.

the com­pe­ti­tion aims to en­cour­age peo­ple to think afresh about London’s pub­lic realm and the ways in which it can be used and brought to life. the eight-strong panel of judges in­cludes Coun­try Life’s Ar­chi­tec­tural editor, John Goodall. the first stage in the com­pe­ti­tion closes on Septem­ber 13. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, see www.lon­don­fes­ti­val­o­far­chi­tec­ture.org

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