This exhibition is created by the Government Office for Science in partnership with RIBA. It is part of the UK Government’s Foresight Future of Cities Project. It will be open from February 10 2015 to March 31 2015 at The Practice Space, RIBA 66 Portland Place, London.
About “Foresight Future of Cities”
The objective of the Future of Cities project is to create an evidence base that can be used to inform policy options. It also aims to influence practice at the local and city regional level while creating and supporting futures-based networks spanning policy-makers, academics and practitioners.
Extract of the exhibition from RIBA:
Imagining the city of the future has long been a source of fascination for architects, artists, and designers. Through drawings, maps and film, urban futures have been depicted in many ways — from tranquil green utopias and great domed constructions to vast, inter connected mega-structures and machines.
Cities, once perceived as a problem, are now recognised as the heart of the country’s social, cultural and economic life. By 2065 the UK population may rise by 25% to as much as 80.5 million making it one of the EU’s most populous countries. This will create many challenges for cities. But there is a great opportunity for them to evolve and reinvent themselves, fostering a better quality of life for their inhabitants.
Drawing on the work of the Foresight Future of Cities Project and the RIBA, this exhibition explores a visual history of the future to outline the UK’s key urban challenges over the coming decades. What do changing technologies, demographics and lifestyles mean for our cities? How can emerging tools help future proof cities and their citizens? What might your city look like in 2065?
“Future of cities: a visual history of the future”
All the images from this post came from the research paper “Future of cities: a visual history of the future”, published by the british Government Office for Science within the work Foresight Future of Cities Project. It is available here. All the documents published are also available here.