The Citys future?
Visions of future cities have long captured the imagination of writers and filmmakers, from Brave New World to Blade Runner.
As part of the Developing City exhibition, which opened in London in June, Gensler was invited to present its vision of the City of London in 2050. According to Gensler, the results combined “hypotheses of the growth and shift of international trade and commerce, pioneering infrastructure, new public parks and world-class transport improvements”.
Gensler’s City of 2050 will have no private transportation, with underground railways and roads allowing the creation of a new public space above. This preserves the historic City core within an intense framework of development.
The plans remove the barrier of Upper Thames Street, which dislocated the City from the river in the 1960s, with linear park connecting River Fleet Park in the west to the restored moat of the Tower of London in the East.
Commercially, the plans expand the City of 2050 to Aldgate, the Barbican and Shoreditch, so that technology and media companies, artists and musicians, and bankers and lawyers share the same space.
“Our dynamic vision highlights how the City of London continues to redefine and reinvent itself,” says Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director at Gensler London. “Not only will the predicated improvements and modernisation of transport systems and infrastructure facilitate wider changes in business, they will also lead to the creation of new public and cultural spaces, further enhancing the experience of locals and visitors for generations to come.”
The Developing City Exhibition runs until 9 September at the Walbrook Bulding, London EC4.