London: Design Capital

Buildings / Places / Cities

Exhibition: 17 May – 7 July 2017

© F10 Studios, KPF, Paleiskwartier, BroadwayMalyan

London is home to the world’s foremost architects, engineers and urban planners. Its skills in architectural design, engineering, construction, placemaking and consultancy are exported around the globe, from redeveloping European cities to emerging Asian markets.

‘London Design Capital’ uncovers, for the first time, the global reach of London’s architectural and construction industries, and examines what needs to happen to ensure its future resilience. In a post-Brexit world it is vital that London retains its role as a creative and construction skills hub. The creative economy is a core part of the capital’s economic resilience, making up some 10.7 per cent of total GVA, and the Mayor’s ‘London is Open’ campaign is essential to the sector’s vitality. 

Which factors have led to London’s success/preeminence as a global design hub? Which key new skills and technologies are being developed in the capital for a global market? What is London’s specific areas of expertise? What value do London’s architectural design services bring to the UK capital’s economy? What impact could any restriction on free movement have on the industry’s ability to continue to deliver high-quality work in volume?

This major new NLA Insight Study showcases work currently being carried out by London-based consultancies in global markets, from masterplans through to individual schemes; highlights the new skills and technologies being developed in the capital; and studies the impact that any restriction on free movement may have on the industry’s ability to continue to deliver high-quality work in volume. 
Research has included roundtables, viewpoints and interviews, as well as a survey of the NLA membership of over 500 organisations and a call out for international projects. The outcome has informed a two-month exhibition in the NLA galleries and a series of events taking place throughout May and June. 

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London: Design Capital forms a key part of NLA’s expanding International Dialogues programme, a year-round programme of international conferences, visits and debates to share best practice and foster cross-city dialogue.

Support starts at £3,950+VAT

For further details contact Janette Murphy or call 020 7636 4044

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London: Design Capital


London: Design Capital is the new NLA exhibition which explores the global reach of London’s built environment industries.