West London

Designing urban identities

Talks

Monday 22 May 2017
6.30 — 8pm

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Demolition of the Earls Court exhibition centre.

© Stephen Burrows / Alamy Stock Photo

The second in this series of debates focuses on West London, exploring the degree to which the architecture designed for upcoming developments is helping to shape, or erode, the tapestry of London’s identity.

The identity of London is resilient yet constantly changing in response to economic, political and social variations on both a local and global scale. The language of the city reflects this dual nature, giving architecture a key role in defining the identity of London. But how are new developments responding to these changes and existing identities? What is the role of local communities in defining these new areas? Old Oak Common, Earls Court and Acton are just some of the next housebuilding hotspots in London and, with the opening of the East-West Crossrail line and the expansion plans for Heathrow Airport, these projects will drastically transform the economy, cityscape and thus identity of West London.

This summer the RA is organising Designing urban identities, a new debate series focusing on the evolving identities of London’s sub-regions, looking at a selection of emerging new developments. The series will close with a debate in early June as part of the London Festival of Architecture, continuing in autumn to focus on the North, South and Central London sub-regions.

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Monday 22 May 2017

6.30 — 8pm

Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1

£12, £6 concessions. Includes talk and drinks reception.

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