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  • Welcome to part two of the International Architecture andDesign Showcase 2012, a summer gathering of exceptionaldesigners and projects from around the world. The British Council, together with the London 2012 Festivaland London Design Festival, have invited the capitalsembassies and cultural institutes to bring design fromtheir countries to London for the Games. The InternationalShowcase brings a new perspective on design, revealingways of working and ideas that are rarely seen in London. In part two of the Showcase, Mosse Master Weavers from Burkina Faso will bring a traditional handloom to the Printworks Trust in Brixton. This residency and exhibition will illustrate their ambitions to secure the survival of these dying traditional skills. Discover the story of Londons first hippo, Obaysch, whicharrived from Cairo in 1850 in exchange for four greyhounds.Zoo-topia at the Hungarian Embassy is a day-long symposium that considers design for zoos from around the world. Meanwhile, the British Council gallery at Spring Gardenswill be devoted to the work of Lina Bo Bardi, whoseinspirational work in Brazil is the focus of an installation byAssemble CIC, Tapio Snellman and Madelon Vreisendorp. There are many other highlights of the Showcase which weinvite you to explore on the pages of this guide, in Londonsembassies - many of which will take part in London Open House -and other intriguing venues around London. We hope you will join us for this incredible journey around the world in one city.Ruth Mackenzie, Director Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 FestivalVicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council

    InternationalArchitecture & Design Showcase 2012

    Part twoAugust 18 September 23 2012

  • Welcome to part two of the International Architecture andDesign Showcase 2012, a summer gathering of exceptionaldesigners and projects from around the world. The British Council, together with the London 2012 Festivaland London Design Festival, have invited the capitalsembassies and cultural institutes to bring design fromtheir countries to London for the Games. The InternationalShowcase brings a new perspective on design, revealingways of working and ideas that are rarely seen in London. In part two of the Showcase, Mosse Master Weavers from Burkina Faso will bring a traditional handloom to the Printworks Trust in Brixton. This residency and exhibition will illustrate their ambitions to secure the survival of these dying traditional skills. Discover the story of Londons first hippo, Obaysch, whicharrived from Cairo in 1850 in exchange for four greyhounds.Zoo-topia at the Hungarian Embassy is a day-long symposium that considers design for zoos from around the world. Meanwhile, the British Council gallery at Spring Gardenswill be devoted to the work of Lina Bo Bardi, whoseinspirational work in Brazil is the focus of an installation byAssemble CIC, Tapio Snellman and Madelon Vreisendorp. There are many other highlights of the Showcase which weinvite you to explore on the pages of this guide, in Londonsembassies - many of which will take part in London Open House -and other intriguing venues around London. We hope you will join us for this incredible journey around the world in one city.Ruth Mackenzie, Director Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 FestivalVicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council

    InternationalArchitecture & Design Showcase 2012

    Part twoAugust 18 September 23 2012

    Most of the events listed in this guide are free, and the full programme is part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. For more information about the festival, view: www.london2012.com/festival

  • A live project between the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Japanese Embassy, created traditional mobile Japanese market stalls, called Yatai, for children to play with. The project was launched in the area of Japan affected by the tsunami last year, and then brought to schools and sites in central London. The Yatai and results of these play sessions made for a charming exhibition.

    Mogadishu: Forgotten Pasts and Distant Futures brought together a unique exhibition of images

    from Somalia, with rare documentation of Italian colonial architecture illustrating Mogadishu before the civil war.

    The 2012 Silver Pigeon Award was presented to the Namibian contribution to the International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012 for their exhibition Definitions of Space. The exhibition retrospectively depicted the countrys journey from colonial times to full independence through a beautiful pictorial timeline.

    The first show to open was Home, a groundbreaking group show that brought together work from six culturally-rich nations. Conscious of thousandsof years of tradition, the work on show from these dynamic young artists and architects was engaging, innovative and fearless in challenging the conventional concept of home in contemporary North Africa and the Middle East.

    Architecture of Change brought together five disparate nations who have shared a tumultuous

    recent history of apartheid, occupation and expulsion from their homelands for a captivating show. The exhibition included work from the Caribbean, Namibia, South Africa, Serbia and Taiwan.

    Vintage Russian sportsposters, including rareexamples on display for the first time outside Russia, were exhibited by the Embassy of the Russian Federation. The freedom and vitality of lifechampioned in the imagesof tanned, lithe athletes entirely at odds with the drudgery that most citizens experienced during the Soviet era made thisexhibition of propagandaa fascinating window intothe past.

    Highlights from part one of the International Architecture & Design Showcase

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  • 14 23 September 2012

    This September marks the 10th anniversary of the London Design Festival. The festival was originally conceived to pay tribute to the capitals creativity and innovation and ten years on, this aim has been achieved beyond all expectations. Since 2003, the festival has showcased a vast range of inspiring projects, from installations in the capitals public spaces, to commissioned projects highlighting emerging talent in museums and galleries. Year on year, the festival has evolved, with 2011 seeing more than 300 separate events and projects over the 10-day celebration. In 2012, a year when the global spotlight is firmly on London, the festival is delighted to present a programme that again raises the bar in the quality, imagination and innovation demonstrated in its last decade. Global Design Forum

    The London Design Festival is staging the inaugural Global Design Forum an enlightening, stimulating and intensive one-day event to set the global agenda for design. The forum aims to encourage speakers and delegates alike to generate debate on the role of design today and in the future identifying new ideas and directions in design through a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions and case study presentations. Speakers include Thomas Heatherwick, Yves Behar, Tom Dixon, Richard Seymour, John Thackara, Charles Leadbeater and the British Councils Vicky Richardson.

    V&A Museum, Trafalgar Square and throughout the city

    The V&A is the official hub of the Festival and home to a number of breathtaking installations specially commissioned in secret locations throughout the museum. At Trafalgar Square, a complex immersive space is being created in which finely-tuned technologies will provide an unrivalled acoustic experience, celebrating design you cant see sound. Be sure to pick up a London Design Festival guide for full details of other key design exhibitions, events, talks and installations across the capital.

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  • Design Connections

    International Curators Programme

    The British Council is hosting a high profile group ofinternational delegates with the aim of brokering newcollaborations between the British and internationaldesign sectors. As part of the programme we are hostingtwo key