Show will be part of tenth anniversary celebration for New London Architecture
New London Architecture is to hold an exhibition, opening on 23 April, entitled ‘Public London: Ten years of celebrating London’s public spaces’.
Accompanied by a research study, it will track the key initiatives, people and projects that have driven a shift in attitude to the way our streets, squares, green spaces, rivers and parks are designed, delivered and used. This follows up on an exhibition on the Mayor of London’s public spaces that the organisation held when it opened 10 years ago.
At the same time public space expert and founder of Made Public Sarah Gaventa will curate a show in the crescent outside the NLA Galleries at The Building Centre called ‘Never mind the bollards’ which will look at the history of London’s street furniture.
Speaking at a debate on public space held to launch the anniversary celebrations, Sarah Gaventa was dismissive about the city’s commitment to improving green infrastructure. ‘Everybody says a lot about it, but what do we actually see?’, she challenged. But, she said, private management of public space had become far less heavy handed and more acceptable.
Speaking at the same event, Daniel Moylan, chairman of the mayor’s design advisory group, spoke about the issue of maintaining public space. The private sector is, he argued, simply much better at doing this.
Later in the year, NLA will also run a major exhibition on housing in the capital, again accompanied by a research study.
In addition it is revamping its model of London, on display at The Building Centre, extending it to cover more of west London, and making it more interactive.