New London Architecture

The Changing Face of London

The first exhibition in the NLA galleries when we launched in 2005 was ‘The Changing Face of London’, which looked at a number of opportunity areas and what was planned for them. Since that time London has experienced an astonishing level of change. We are therefore planning an exhibition, programme of research and a publication to chronicle the remarkable transformation of large areas in the capital over the last 15 years.

This is a historic moment in the life of Londoners and the way we shape our city together. After the pandemic, imagining, designing and planning London will never be the same. It is precisely these unprecedented times that makes it the more relevant to understand the achievements and the lessons we can learn from the past 15 years, as we look ahead to how our city may need to adapt over the next 15 years. We will revisit the sites shown in the 2005 exhibition to see how their promise has been fulfilled. We will also look at more recent opportunity areas with proposals still to be delivered. The accompanying report — a unique document for tomorrow — will discuss the drivers for development, as well as the obstacles and the future challenges.

We will present the material in the context of other growing cities and look at how we compare to places like Paris, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Shanghai. This research will launch with a publication in the summer to coincide with our 15-year anniversary, supported by an accompanying series of events taking place throughout the rest of the year.


The outcomes of the research will be documented in a high-quality publication, widely distributed to professionals and policymakers. The report launched in September will initially be a digital publication and downloadable for free to reach a wider public audience.
An events programme taking place throughout Autumn 2020 will include conversations with key stakeholders who have first-hand knowledge and experience in the development of places in the last 15 years, presentations of the areas of transformation and debates, including the next generation of leaders, about the future challenges.
A photographic exhibition will showcase the transformation of 50 areas of change across the capital.
We will conclude the programme with a celebratory closing party to be hosted in the NLA galleries. Previous events have attracted a high-level delegation of over 500 people.

*Please note that while our aim is to host a physical exhibition and closing party in our galleries at The Building Centre sometime by the end of 2020, under the current circumstances, we are being flexible and responsive to a changing context.


NLA Roundtables ‘Think-Tank’, February / May 2020
This will bring together development partners, GLA and other key experts across the development sector to scope out projects that should be included and the focus of the accompanying report
Research phase, March – July 2020
Interviews with developers, planners, architects, and other consultants, selected based on the outcomes of Think Tank, alongside a review of the projects featured in the original exhibition and a look at new projects in the pipeline for the next 15 years.
Exhibition and Research launch, September 2020
NLA’s 15 year anniversary celebrations will launch in early July leading up to the launch of The Changing Face of London exhibition and research paper in early September. 
Ongoing events programme, September – December 2020
A series of related events will be programmed over the autumn 2020. The exhibition and closing party are considered as part of the project and will be reviewed following this fast-moving situation.

The Changing Face of London - Key Areas

1.     Brent Cross 
2.     Colindale and Burnt Oak 
3.     Euston
4.     Highbury
5.     King’s Cross
6.     Upper Lee Valley
7.     Barking 
8.     Bexley 
9.     Canada Water
10.   Canary Wharf 
11.   City Fringe 
12.   City of London 
13.   City Road 
14.   Charlton Riverside 
15.   Deptford
16.   Greenwich Peninsula 
17.   Ilford 
18.   Isle of Dogs
19.   Kidbrooke
20.   Lewisham, Catford and New Cross 
21.   Lower Lea Valley
22.   Midtown 
23.   Royal Docks
24.   Stratford
25.   Thamesmead and Abbey Wood
26.   Woolwich 
27.   Bankside, Borough and London Bridge
28.   Bromley 
29.   Clapham Junction 
30.   Croydon 
31.   Elephant and Castle 
32.   Kingston, Wimbledon and Colliers Wood
33.   Old Kent Road 
34.   Sutton 
35.   Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea
36.   Waterloo 
37.   Chelsea Barracks 
38.   Chelsea Waterfront
39.   Earls Court and West Kensington 
40.   Great West Corridor 
41.   Harrow and Wealdstone 
42.   Hayes, Southall and West Drayton 
43.   Heathrow
44.   Kensal Canalside 
45.   Old Oak and Park Royal 
46.   Paddington
47.   Victoria
48.   Wembley
49.   West End 
50.   White City 
* Areas featured in 2005 exhibition 


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There are opportunities to become a supporter of this exhibition, research and events.

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