Photo: B. Alter
The original Festival of Britain in 1951 was a huge celebration of British culture, design, art, science and ingenuity. It happened at a time when Britain began to emerge from the austerity of post-war years and heralded a new and hopeful way of thinking about public life.
Now 60 years later, its anniversary is being celebrated on the banks of the Thames in London. But these are different times–back to austerity–and it is a mix of nostalgia for the 50′s and recognition of sustainability and environmentalism in the future.