Learn with the Design Museum

Manifestos - Architecture for a New Generation

This annual collaboration between London Festival of Architecture and the Design Museum highlights new voices who are expanding the parameters of architecture in London.

What to expect

The challenges that London poses to young people are shaping the boundaries of architecture and what it means to be an architect in this city. Precarious working conditions, cuts to public services and facilities, social discrimination, and now the repercussions of Covid-19 are just some of the defining parameters facing young people today. In London, they present urgent and complex spatial challenges for the city and its future urban life.

This year, nine new voices in architecture have developed short films of their manifestos for London's future, responding to the social and urban conditions of the city.

You can view their manifestos below.



“This manifesto presents and explains the work that Afterparti collective are doing to realise the inclusive and transdisciplinary future it envisions for architecture.”

Afterparti is a fresh-thinking architecture-infused collective that explores big ideas around contemporary urban space through the lenses of identity and race.

Lo Marshall

“We must practice solidarity across our differences and prioritise redressing inequalities through architecture, the built environment, planning, policy and research.”

Lo Marshall is a research fellow and doctoral student researching gender, sexuality and cities at UCL.

Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN)

“Decarbonize now, ecological regeneration and cultural transformation. We seek urgent systemic change that addresses root causes to radically transform the profession.”

Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) is a network of individuals taking action to combat twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown.


“There is no neutral ground. All territories are bound”

Sumayya Vally is co-founder and Principal at Counterspace. Her design, research and pedagogical practice is committed to finding expression for hybrid identity and contested territory. She is obsessed with Johannesburg as a laboratory for finding new, speculative histories, futures and design languages; and is presently based between Johannesburg and London as the lead designer for the Serpentine Pavilion 2020/2021.

Tom Atkinson

“I believe enthusiasm for small sites is vital in the progression of housing delivery in London, working together is key to progressing this sector.”

Tom Atkinson is an architectural designer. He has his own practice focused on residential architecture and housing research. He is currently working for Lewisham Council as a member of the Strategic Development Team. He is also a member of the third Public Practice cohort and teaches on the BA Architecture Media Practice at Central Saint Martins.

Jayden Ali

“Whilst the air is light and the atmosphere electric, don’t forget to breathe.”

JA Projects is a London based practice working at the intersection of architecture, urban strategy, art and performance. Our projects strike a balance between playfulness and precision, where a creative - often ephemeral - social and performative component is twinned alongside a physical built component.

Jayden Ali

Laura Mark

“How can we make the architecture of London more equitable? Drop the archispeak, stop the silos and open up art for all.”

Laura Mark is the Keeper of Walmer Yard and runs the Baylight Foundation.

Migrants Bureau

"The next generation is multifaceted. The next generation is cross-collaborative. The next generation is caring. The next generation is more collaborative than ever. The next generation is political. The next generation is inclusive. The next generation is here."

Migrant's Bureau is an interdisciplinary social design & urbanism practice facilitating design interventions, research, podcasts and community workshops for both trans-local and global disenfranchised & migrant communities.

Ibiye Camp

"I use architectural tools and technology to create imaginative future scenarios of the city that question our understanding of the built environment and the future of public space."

Ibiye Camp’s practice focuses on postcolonial subjects, technology, and the built environment. Camp has an MA in architecture from the Royal College of Art, London.

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