Peter Murray, Curator-in-chief, NLA, said: “The Changing Face of London chronicles a remarkable transformation of the capital. It illustrates the good, the bad and the ugly and provides a timely platform for the debate about how to shape the city as we emerge from the catastrophe of COVID19”.
Catherine Staniland, Director, NLA, said: ‘2005 marked the year that London won the bid to host the London Olympics, and a huge shift towards the regeneration of the East of London. The last 15 years have seen major mixed-use regeneration projects taking place across a number of central London sites, creating a much more dense city, and reducing London’s outward sprawl.In the next 15 years the real challenge will be creating much more flexible buildings and places, which are readily able to adapt to new uses and incorporate a mix of activities over time. London has always been a city of villages, and those centres which can accommodate a mix of housing, workplaces and leisure are likely to be most resilient in a post-Covid London.’
Robert Gordon Clark, Executive Chairman and study contributor, London Communications Agency, headline sponsorsof The Changing Face of London said: “In 2005 we were one of the 10 founding sponsors of the NLA and since then have worked with their fantastic team to promote the capital and debate how it should develop. We are delighted to see how the organisation has grown and prospered and congratulate them on their anniversary. I vividly remember the high of winning the Olympics on 6 July 2005 and the anticipation of the launch of the NLA the following day. And then we all experienced the dreadful low of 7/7 and the decision to postpone the NLA’s launch. 15 years on we again mark London’s growth in challenging times. But what this exhibition, which we have been thrilled to sponsor, shows is that London remains a great city to invest in and long may that continue”.
Sarah Yates, Researcher, The Changing Face of London said: “Our research focuses on the questions: what have we learned from how London has changed since 2005? And, now more than ever, how can we take forward these lessons to address the challenges we face? By examining key areas across the capital, and working with the people in NLA’s network who made this change happen, we’ve gathered a depth and breadth of insight that we hope proves informative and inspirational to all Londoners, and to those shaping the capital now and in the future.”
The Changing Face of London exhibition
9 September – 9 February
New London Architecture Galleries, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
The Changing Face of London – the City of London
23 September – 18 December
The City Centre, 80 Basinghall Street, London,EC2V 5AR
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm