Smarter London

Thursday 9 October – Thursday 18 December 2014

'Smarter London' Red dots are locations of Flickr pictures. Blue dots are locations of Twitter tweets. White dots are locations that have been posted to both taken July 11 2011 © Eric Fischer

We live in the Age of Digital Information. Every part of our city – our buildings, services, transport and movement – can be recorded, designed, controlled or monitored using computer technology. Individually these pieces of information are smart – we can manage building energy systems, traffic lights and the movement of buses.

The spread of new technologies and the coordination of all this data has the potential to make cities even smarter.

'Smarter London' explores how data, technology and analytics are changing the way we design, build and manage the city. This NLA exhibition uncovers a host of exciting smart projects taking place in London and examines the role of data in the development of a single building to large-scale city-wide infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, as well as the new role that gaming plays in community consultation projects.

Visitors can explore a virtual London from an entirely new perspective using the Pigeon Sim – where the use of gestures allow you to swoop and soar high over the city. 

This exhibition is the result of a six month NLA Insight Study carried out with research partners at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), UCL. The full Insight Study is available to download here.

Exhibition video content:
What is a smart city?
Data visualisatuion 
City planning
3D printing and visualisation 
Building design and post-occpation management
Infrastructure and underground London
London Smartners
This exhibition has been curated by NLA, with thanks to our supporters:

Programme sponsors: Arup, Parsons Brinckerhoff, The Crown Estate
Sponsors: Derwent London, Lend Lease, Ramboll
Associate sponsors: Bloom Worldwide, Great Portland Estates, Grosvenor, Inmidtown, Museum of London Archeology (MOLA)
Supported by: LB Croydon

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NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

Free Entry

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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

We are closed on Sundays, Bank Holidays, Easter Saturday and for the Christmas period from 24th December to the first working weekday of January.

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