New London Architecture

The Changing Face of London

NLA's 15th anniversary exhibition

 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 a programme of research and an exhibition to chronicle the remarkable transformation of large areas in the capital over the last 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 will discuss the drivers for development, as well as the obstacles. There are nearly 50 different areas we can study — including those featured in the original exhibition as well as any of Boris or Sadiq’s new opportunity areas. We aim to present the material in the context of other growing cities and look at how we compare to places like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Shanghai as well as discussing what are the drivers for development and what are the obstacles. We will do this through an exhibition with a launch event in the summer to coincide with our 15 year anniversary, an accompanying report and a series of events.


The outcomes of the research will be documented in a high-quality publication to be produced in both digital and print form. Copies of the report will be widely distributed to professionals and policy-makers. It will also be on sale in the NLA galleries and downloadable for free to reach a wider public audience. 


A major public exhibition in the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, WC1. The free exhibition will be open for three months, and be accessible to a public and professional audience. 

The exhibition, Research Paper, and events programme will launch at a Private View to be hosted in the NLA galleries. Previous events have attracted a high-level delegation of over 500 people. EVENTS An events programme will include a half-day conference, free talks, study tours and roundtable discussions. 


The research and exhibition will be joined by an events programme, including a half-day conference, free talks, study tours and roundtable discussions. 


  • NLA round-table ‘Think-Tank’, late February 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–June 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, July 2020 The exhibition and research paper will be launched with a private view in early July to coincide with NLA’s 15 year anniversary.  
  • Ongoing events programme, Summer 2020 onwards A series of related events will be programmed over the subsequent months including a half day conference, evening Pecha-Kucha event, a number of Study Tours showcasing some of the projects featured and a possible International Dialogue.


New projects and opportunity areas for 2020:
Barking Reach
Bexley Riverside
Bishopsgate Goodsyard
Brent Cross South
Charlton Riverside
Chelsea Barracks
City Fringe/Tech City
Clapham Junction
Earls Court
London Bridge, Borough & Bankside
Old Oak Common
Nine Elms
Tottenham Hale

Revisited from the 2005 exhibition:
Battersea Powerstation
Canada Water
Canary Wharf
Chiswick Park
City Road Basin
Convoys Wharf, Deptford
Elephant & Castle
Greenwich Peninsula 
Grosvenor Waterside 
Terminal 5 Heathrow 
Kings Cross
Lea Valley Olympic Park 
Lewisham Gateway 
Lots Road Power Station 
New Providence Wharf 
New Street Square 
Regent Street
Regent Quarter
Royals Business Park 
Silvertown Quays 
South Central 
Stratford City
The City
White City
The Royal Arsenal


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