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. Bankside, Borough and London Bridge
2. Barking Riverside / London Riverside
3. Bromley
4. Canada Water
5. Canary Wharf
6. Charlton Riverside
7. Chiswick Park / Great West Corridor
8. City Fringe / Tech City (Farringdon/Smithfield, Old Street,
Bishopsgate Goodsyard, Aldgate)
9. City of London
10. City Road
11. Clapham Junction
12. Colindale and Burnt Oak
13. Brent Cross Cricklewood
14. Croydon
15. Deptford / Convoys Wharf / Greenwich Riverside
16. Earls Court & West Kensington
17. Elephant & Castle
18. Euston (Regents Place and Sommers Town)
19. Greenwich Peninsula
20. Grosvenor Waterside / Chelsea Barracks
21. Harrow & Wealdstone
22. Hayes / West Drayton / Southall
23. Heathrow
24. Highbury / White Hart Lane
25. Ilford
26. Isle of Dogs / Millharbour
27. Kensal Canalside
28. Kidbrooke
29. King’s Cross / Regent Quarter
30. Kingston / Wimbledon / South Wimbledon / Colliers Wood
31. Lewisham, Catford and New Cross
32. Lots Road Power Station
33. Lower Lea Valley (New Providence Wharf, London City Island,
Good Luck Hope, Canning Town)
34. New Street Square
35. Old Oak and Park Royal
36. Old Kent Road
37. Paddington
38. Poplar Riverside
39. Royal Arsenal / Woolwich
40. Royal Docks (Silvertown Quays, Royal Albert Dock, Royal
Albert Basin)
41. South Central / Waterloo
42. Stratford
43. Sutton
44. Thamesmead / Abbey Wood / Belvedere / Erith /
Bexley Riverside
45. Upper Lea Valley / Tottenham Hale / Haringey Heartlands /
Wood Green / New Southgate
46. Vauxhall, Nine Elms & Battersea
47. Victoria
48. Wembley
49. West End / Regent Street / Tottenham Court Road / Holborn
50. White City

* Areas in bold featured in 2005 exhibition


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