‘How are digital technologies shaping the capital?’ asks Smarter London exhibition at NLA

A free New London Architecture (NLA) exhibition exploring ‘Smarter London’ opens on Thursday 9 October at NLA’s galleries in The Building Centre, WC1. The show explores how data, technology and analytics are changing the way we design, build and manage the city.

As London’s population grows to more than 10 million people within the next decade, the host of complex tasks it has to deliver requires more innovative solutions. ‘Smarter London’ uncovers a host of exciting smart projects taking place in London and examines the role of data in the development of a single building or even large-scale city-wide infrastructure projects such as Crossrail to the new role that gaming plays in community consultation projects. ‘Smarter London’ also explores what the capital might look like in the future.

Visitors to the exhibition can explore a virtual London from an entirely new perspective with exhibits such as the Pigeon Sim – which uses gesture control to swoop and soar high over the city or a model of London that shows real-time data on the state of the Capital, featuring aircraft positions, Barclays Cycle Hire status, the height of the Thames and traffic information.

Curator and NLA chairman Peter Murray said:

“The world of smart cities in increasingly crowded and complex. The exhibition and Insight Study provide an insight into the impact on London’s planning of this fast changing field from individual fitness monitors to city-wide transport systems.”

The exhibition is the result of a six month NLA Insight Study, carried out with research partners The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London. It is hosted at The Building Centre from 9 October to 18 December, and is supported by a programme of NLA talks and debates.