A variety of artists, designers and architects have come together to create series of speculative designs through art, illustration, video games and film to depict their thoughts on the future of London as well as the challenges and constraints of today and how we can adapt. (Aravan, F, 2018)
The exhibition is separated into four themes: Cityscapes, Work, Everyday Life and Nature. Throughout the exhibition, London is shown through a semi-realistic setting by incorporating elements, from current buildings, such as the Shard to a generic suburban neighbourhood. Furthermore, they suggest how people will adapt to the way of living and the conditions that people might face in the future.
I was specifically interested in the how the cityscapes of London will develop for people. Throughout the years London has delayed the creation of skyscrapers due to the large strain of money boroughs need and campaigners forcing against “monolithic skyscrapers transforming the skyline” (Davies, R, 2016). However, a large number of projects are still developing today and “436 towers of 20 floors or more were in the works across London.” (Foreman, L 2017)
London has a visible contrast between other country and continents such as the Middle East, like Dubai and its tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Places like this are rapidly growing in tourism due to its growing skyline.
An example shown in the exhibition was the “Ending Vertical City” designed by SURE Architecture (Ending Vertical City, no date). This is a 300-meter skyscraper that could house a whole city, taking Londons neighbourhood into the sky, with the use of ramps that work around the building. (Freasron A, 2014).
This skyscraper has been designed with population in mind due to the increasing amount of people living in London, “some projections say there will be 13 million people in London by 2050.” (Aravan, F, 2018) This building could house a large number of people as well accommodate communities, businesses, school, shopping centre and parks due to the building shape, structure and its symbol of openness, allowing “two endless ramps circumrotating continually and rising gradually with a low gradient from the ground floor to the sky.” (Ending Vertical City no date). SURE Architecture suggests that London streets can be accessed horizontally and vertically which combines both the street and skyscraper. This will allow for larger buildings to form apartments for the increasing population.
This building will allow exchanges, communications and interactions to happen as well as helps Londons ecosystem which enhances a better experience of living for residents.
Bansel, K (2018) “London Visions” (Accessed: 13 February.)
Aravan, F. (2018) “London Visions: what does your future London look like? Available at: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/london-visions-what-does-your-future-london-look (Accessed: 15 February)
Ending Vertical City (no date) Available at: http://www.sure-architecture.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=14&id=21 (Accessed: 13 February.)
Foreman, L (2017) The skyscrapers about to change London’s skyline. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/culture/gallery/20171004-the-skyscrapers-about-to-change-londons-skyline (Accessed: 13 February)
Davies, R, (2016) “Londoners back limit on skyscrapers as fears for capital’s skyline grow” Available at: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/27/londoners-back-skyuscraper-limit-skyline (Accessed: 13 February)
Freasron A, (2014) “Conceptual skyscraper designed for London could house its own metropolis” Available at: https://www.dezeen.com/2014/09/01/endless-city-by-sure-architecture-conceptual-skyscraper-london/ (Accessed: 13 February)