NLA Launches 10th Anniversary Programme

Friday 13 February 2015

New London Architecture (NLA) – the independent forum and think tank on architecture, planning and development in the capital - today launches its 10th anniversary programme of exhibitions, research and events.

A number of new initiatives are planned to mark the anniversary, which will reinforce NLA's role at the heart of the debate about planning the future of London in a period of dramatic growth and change. The highlight will be the installation at the NLA Galleries of a new interactive model of central London revealing the scale of proposed development in the capital.

The New London Model, which replaces the model NLA first unveiled 10 years ago, will be the biggest in the capital, covering an area stretching from White City in the west to the Royal Docks in the east. It will highlight major projects that have recently been completed or have planning permission to be built and will tell the story of London’s historical and physical development through a series of interactive projections and films.

Also in store for NLA’s 10th anniversary year, two new major pieces of research, each of which are supported by a public exhibition and events programme, will spotlight the critical challenges of public realm design and delivery (spring/summer 2015), and London’s housing crisis (autumn/winter 2015).

‘Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces’, the first NLA Insight Study and exhibition (23 April – 11 July), will explore the transformation of London’s public spaces over the past decade, highlighting how the spaces between buildings are as important as the buildings themselves, and identifying how approaches to design and delivery will need to evolve to meet the challenges of a densifying city.  

‘100 Ideas for Housing: How to deliver more homes for London’, the second NLA Insight Study and exhibition (October – December), will incorporate an ideas competition, supported by the Mayor of London, to identify the 100 most innovative ideas which could improve how we design, build and finance housing in the capital at scale and at speed.

In recognition of NLA’s 10th anniversary, the New London Awards will introduce two special new accolades. The Mayor’s Prize will be awarded in association with the Mayor of London to the best project that creatively contributes to the capital’s economy. Additionally, the Awards will recognise London’s 10 Best Buildings of the Last 10 Years and invite the public to vote for an overall winner.

Debbie Whitfield, NLA director, says: “Over the last decade NLA has become an indispensible focus for education, debate and research about the future shape of London. With London’s population now at its highest point in the city’s history and set to hit 10 million by 2030, the role NLA plays in bringing people together to shape a better city is more important than ever. For our 10th anniversary year the team has shaped an ambitious programme of activity to address the pressing challenges of public space and housing, as well as commissioning the biggest — and we think by far most exciting and innovative — interactive model of London, showing the future shape of the city. It’s going to be our biggest year yet.”