Visualisations of the 21st Century City Exhibition 2007

How the cities of the future may evolve.

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Visualisations of the 21st Century City explores how we anticipate change within our urban environments and how we see the practicalities of these changes manifesting. The project is based on a 20 year timeframe and is primarily concerned with non-structural changes within the urban environment.

Working with the RIBA Building Futures team and an architect member of the Building Futures Advisory Panel, three schools of architecture – The Mackintosh School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield, and The Bartlett School of Architecture – were invited to produce a series of visuals that explore the issues raised. The three participating schools of architecture were required to run ‘Visualisations of the 21st Century City’ as a semester long project as part of their autumn term programme of work. A member of the ‘Building Futures’ Team and an architect member of the ‘Building Futures’ Advisory Panel visited the schools at the beginning of the project to brief the students and lead a discussion on future thinking. They then returned to take part in reviews.

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The project has encouraged students of architecture to envision how the cities of the future may evolve. We hope that this exhibition will create debate and raise awareness both within architecture and amongst the general public of how our urban environments might look in years to come. As a result of the final reviews, a selection of student work from each school has been chosen to take part in the final exhibition.



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