24.5 x 18 cm (9.75 x 7.25 in)
Published October 2023
London of the Future
The London Society
Foreword by Leanne Tritton
Introduction by Peter Murray
What will London be like in a hundred years’ time? A century ago, having asked this question, The London Society published London of the Future, a bold, visionary work that predicted city-centre airports and Channel tunnels, and addressed such prescient concerns as pollution, housing and access to public space. This intriguing new book sets out how the city could and should improve by 2123. Over the course of eighteen essays, experts in various fields – engineering, urbanism, architecture, manufacturing, futurology, journalism and more – predict how the metropolis might be governed, organized and designed in the years to come. Some of the issues of the original book remain potent today, but there are many challenging new considerations that the 20th-century authors could not have foreseen. Will the city become a Venice-like heritage park for tourists, or be an independent state? Could local food production feed the capital? How will we need to adapt to climate change? Will we become a techno-utopia, with Londoners’ lives in perfect harmony with artificial intelligence? How do we achieve a London that is fair and equitable for everyone? Now London of the Future presents an entirely fresh and up-to date series of ideas for the 21st century and beyond. It will provoke debate among architects, developers and planners, and also provide food for thought more generally, in a world where change will be required of everyone.
Presents a range of fascinating ideas about the future of London
Features contributions from a wide variety of writers, among them architects, engineers, urbanists, journalists and campaigners
A thought-provoking book for anyone interested in the development of cities
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London of the Future shows that although futurology is still very much an inexact science, it still has a role to play in shaping the world of tomorrow.
List of Contributors (in order of appearance in book)
• Leanne Tritton is chair of The London Society and the founder of ING Media, a communications agency focusing on the built environment.
• Peter Murray is co-founder of New London Architecture, and an architect and architectural commentator.
• Hugh Pearman is an architectural writer, critic and consultant.
- The Art of Prophecy
• Carolyn Steel is a writer and architect.
- London: Future Food City
• Indy Johar is an architect and co-founder of Dark Matter, a field laboratory that aims to redesign the urban institutional infrastructure in radical terms.
- A Radical Shift: Visual Collaboration with Squint Opera
• Kat Hanna is an urbanist and researcher who has worked in London politics, planning and policy. Her professional interests include urban economies, transport and the role of technology in the built environment.
– City of London Future
• Neal Shashore is an architectural historian and head of school and chief executive officer at the London School of Architecture.
- Back to the Future of Architectural Education
• Jude Kelly is a theatre director and former artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution.
– A Leap of the Imagination
• Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon is a campaigner who has promoted reforms of the police service. She was created a life peer in 2013.
– Daring to Dream
• Tony Travers is an academic and journalist who specializes in local government.
– Capital Growth
• Mark Stevenson is a writer, businessman and futurologist.
– London’s New Nickname
• Anna Minton is a writer and journalist. Her book Big Capital: Who Is London For? was published in 2017.
– Big Capital: A City that is ‘Pre-something’
• Sarah Ichioka is an urbanist, writer and founder of the environmental, cultural and social consultancy Desire Lines. She is a proponent of regenerative design, biomimicry and the use of Indigenous knowledge in urban planning.
– Moving Towards a Regenerative London
• Gillian Darley is a writer, teacher, architectural historian and broadcaster, and the author of Excellent Essex (2019).
– The Future of Heritage: Conservation v2
• Roma Agrawal is an engineer, author and broadcaster.
– Laying Firm Foundations
• Mark Brearley is an architect who focuses on urban projects and placemaking. He is also proprietor of the long-established London tray and trolley manufacturer Kaymet, and since 2010 has been cataloguing manufacturers in the city. He is the co-author of Made in London (2022).
– A City of High Streets
• Claire Bennie is an architect and director of the housing development consultancy Municipal, which advises public landowners.
– Wrap It Up and Start Again: The Future of London’s Housing
• Yasmin Jones-Henry is a journalist and strategist who focuses on the intersections of fashion and finance, and culture and commerce.
– Inclusive by Design
• Yvonne Farrell and Shelley MacNamara are founding partners of Grafton Architects, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2021 for its library and studio building for Kingston University London.
– Giving Back to the City
• Smith Mordak is an award-winning architect, engineer and writer working across disciplines to realize a regenerative economy and built environment and is interviewed by Rob Fiehn.
• Rob Fiehn is a London-based communications consultant specializing in architecture and design. He also takes on advisory roles, acting as chair for the Museum of Architecture, board member of the Blackhorse Workshop in Walthamstow, and trustee at The London Society.
– Learning from London’s Peers
• Adam Nathaniel Furman was specially commissioned to create the illustrations in the book. He is a British artist and designer of Argentine and Japanese heritage, who lives and works in London. He trained in architecture, and his atelier works in spatial design and art of all scales, from video and prints to large public artworks and architecturally integrated ornament, as well as products, furniture, interiors, publishing and academia.