Dancing in the street
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