London Build exhibition to collaborate with universities, government, tech companies and architects to create the Future London Experience
London is a city that never stops evolving. From London’s foundation in 43 AD and its early Roman influences; to the elaborate architectural styles of the Georgian era; to the more traditional Victorian period; to the rebuilding of large parts of London following the blitz.
London is a city that comprises a vast array of styles and influences from nearly 2,000 years of history. However, it can be argued that the next 20 years of London’s history will be one of the most transformative periods London has ever seen.
During the years ahead London is forecast explosive population growth. Not many years ago our population stood at 7 million, in recent years we have crept up to 8.7 million, within the next 7 years we will reach the status of world ‘mega-city’ at over 10 million, the next generation will have to contend with a population that could reach a somewhat terrifying 13 million by the year 2050.
What does this population growth mean for London? Well, first of all our only choice is to build upwards. There are currently over 300 sky scrapers and tall buildings in the construction pipeline, and it’s safe to say it won’t stop there. The once historic skyline of London will look very different in the years ahead
Secondly, London has a chronic housing shortage and needs to build more homes fast. It is almost certain we will see more compact living, living in tall buildings, as well as new construction trends such as modular buildings
Next up, technology is going to play a defining role in how Londoners live in the years ahead. Driverless cars, technological innovation in the underground and our transport network, Artificial Intelligence. The way Londoners live, work and travel will all be significantly transformed by technology in the years ahead.
Finally, major redevelopment and infrastructure projects will radically change the capital. Be it well-known projects such as Crossrail, or less glamorous projects such as a new ‘super sewer’ network, or the vast array of regional regeneration schemes and new developments. There is no shortage of change coming to the capital.
Introducing the Future London Experience:
The Future London Experience will use simulator rides, 3D cinema, VR/AR technology, demonstrations, presentations and architectural features to take you on a sensory experience and an immersive journey forward in time to experience London in the future.
The London Build exhibition is currently entering into dialogue with a range of tech companies, architects and government bodies to create and launch the first-ever Future London Experience.
Featuring a ride as well as an educational programme the Future London Experience aims to inspire, educate and encourage debate about how Londoners want the city to develop in order to meet the requirements of the changing world in which we live.
Organisers of the Future London Experience, Oliver Kinross Ltd, said: “London is about to enter one of the most transformative periods in its history. Our hope is that by showing Londoners how the capital could look in 20 years time we can encourage greater debate and informed discussion about how we all want the capital and how we can meet the challenges & opportunities facing this great city. Be it greater discussion between government, architects and the public on how to incorporate new skyscrapers in the capital’s once historic skyline; the types of homes we want to build; or even inspiring a new generation of Londoners to seek a career in construction & design. We are still in the early stages of developing the Future London Experience and we are in discussion with a wide range of parties, but it’s safe to say the feedback on it has been phenomenal and we expect it to be a major event for the capital in 2018”
The Future London Experience is free to attend and will take place as part of the London Build exhibition at the London Olympia on October 23rd & 24th, 2018.
Any companies interested in discussing the project further or contributing to it are invited to email: firstname.lastname@example.org