NLA reveals changing face of London in inaugural exhibition

Thursday 26 May 2005

A major new public exhibition ‘The Changing Face of London’, about the masterplans and developments which are transforming the face and shape of the capital, will open on the 7 July at New London Architecture (NLA).

The show is the opening exhibition at NLA – the new permanent display at The Building Centre of all that is new in architecture, planning, development and the built environment in London. It will pinpoint the substantial number of developments proposed for the metropolis and examine their implications for the future of the capital.

Around £100billion worth of major redevelopment, regeneration and infrastructure projects is planned for London over the next two decades – a scale of change that has not been seen for three quarters of a century. Some 400,000 new homes and around 8million square metres of office space are planned to provide for the expected 700,000 growth in population.

Projects on show range from the new towers in the City of London ‘cluster’, the redevelopment of White City, Paddington, Kings Cross, Elephant and Castle, Battersea Power Station and the creation of Stratford City. The Changing Face of London will give both the public and professionals the opportunity to compare and contrast these major developments and take part in the debate about future London. 

Peter Murray, curator of The Changing Face of London and NLA, commented, “If one looks at all the schemes on the drawing board, the scale of change in London over the next ten years is truly staggering. The majority of projects on show illustrate an encouraging desire to commission quality architecture. The NLA will provide a space where the London community can become fully involved in the changes that are inevitably taking place.”

Open to the public free of charge, six days a week, the exhibition opening heralds the launch of NLA and is the first in the new centre’s Gallery Two series of temporary exhibitions exploring topical London issues. Based within The Building Centre in Store Street, WC1, in a purpose built space redesigned by A-EM Architects, NLA will provide a focal point for Londoners and the city’s visitors as an all-encompassing resource of information on architecture in the capital at any point in time. 

NLA is an exhibition space for London, Londoners and its visitors. It will be a place where anyone can find out what is going on in the capital, debate the issues with the architects, developers and politicians who are behind the projects that are transforming the city and share in specialist knowledge. With the opening of The Changing Face of London exhibition, NLA will truly reflect current architecture in the capital and create through its exhibitions, events and website, a platform for discovery, discussion and action.

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