In the lead up to the event in June and July Peter Murray says the downturn should provide an opportunity to think about the future of architecture

The founding director of the London Festival of Architecture hopes the economic downturn will give the UK a chance to contemplate the direction of architecture.

Speaking in the lead up to the festival, which takes place from 19 June and 4 July, Peter Murray said: “This is an exciting period in which to hold the Festival of Architecture. Although the economic downturn has slowed development, it has given us a chance to think about what sort of architecture we want in the future. People have the time and inclination to debate these issues and we are looking forward to a very lively two weeks in the summer.

The city-wide celebration of architecture will be curated by the Architecture Foundation, New London Architecture and RIBA London, and run in partnership with the British Council, London Metropolitan University and Open House. It will include talks, exhibitions and walks.