2050: a greener London?

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2050: a greener London?

In the wake of Unesco’s demand for a crackdown on any potential high-rise developments on South Bank, the future of development in London is a particularly timely topic for discussion – one that we highlighted in January following a series of earlier debates. The NLA’s exhibition, The Developing City, therefore comes at the perfect time to give some context to this burgeoning issue.

On Friday last week, we strolled down to the exhibition at the Walbrook Building and couldn’t help but be hugely impressed with the array of enormous visuals and architectural models on display.

A loosely constructed route took us through the history of London architecture, business and construction, touching on everything from London’s Roman origins to the Big Bang in 1986. A large architectural model of London, complete with an interactive touchscreen that allows you to highlight (literally – the buildings light up at the touch of a button) all proposed developments in the city is a particularly popular feature. It demonstrates a real sense of ingenuity through a simple idea – it’s rare that you get a taste of London development as clearly and broadly as this while still paying attention to the little details.

Following numerous boards detailing the ins and outs of the various districts in London, the displays give way to the future of the city – documenting trends of population growth, trade clusters and the rise of ‘green’ developments. All of this culminates in the stunning image of a prediction of London in 2050 (pictured above).

The debate will continue over the future of high rise buildings in the capital, but the NLA’s exhibition is vital in putting this issue in context and providing some visuals to at least help us form an opinion. Whether the idea of a ‘green’ (in both senses of the word) London is your cup of tea or not, The Developing City is an exhibition that shouldn’t be missed by anyone working in the property industry.

The exhibition runs until the 9th September 2012 at The Walbrook Building, London EC4.

Opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.30 (Friday, 11.00 – 19.00)

Edward Lowcock, Account Executive

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