London’s top property and development professionals packed into the Foster + Partners’-designed Walbrook Building in Cannon Street on Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of The Developing City Exhibition.
The exhibition explores the relationship between the architecture of the City of London and its success as a mercantile centre over 2,000 years, It takes place between 21 June and 9 September and shows the growth of the City since Roman times, the impact of the Great Fire and the Blitz and how the current financial turmoil will affect the sort of buildings that get built.
Free to the public, the exhibition will be open from Tuesday - Sunday 11am to 5.30pm, Friday until 7pm. With millions of visitors expected for the Olympics, the exhibition is an opportunity to showcase how London has evolved to become a global financial centre and how it continues to grow as an investment destination.
Speaking at the launch event, Peter Murray, curator of the exhibition and Chairman of NLA – London's Centre for the Built Environment said: “London is one of the most successful cities in history. Despite revolutions, plagues, fires and bombs it keeps reinventing itself. Despite recent economic turmoil it remains the financial capital of the world. Key to this survival are buildings that meet the needs of modern businesses. The show looks at the way the architecture of the City has responded to change and how it will meet the challenges of the future.”
Former Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Sir Michael Bear, patron of the event, said: “This exhibition shows how confident we can be about the City of London. Despite the many claims that one European city or other is ready to take on London as a global centre, this exhibition shows how the City has managed to remain resilient to a changing environment. It is our ability to build and re-build our City in new and imaginative ways that keeps it relevant.”
This headline event of the London Festival of Architecture 2012 has been organised by NLA – London’s Centre for the Built Environment with the support of the City of London Corporation.
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