May 31st, 2017
Last week, one of our designers Joyce got the opportunity to visit London for Clerkenwell Design Week 2017. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses & architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. The Clarkenwell Design Week has been going strong for 8 years – last year there were 34,973 attendees with over 300 exhibiting brands!
Joyce went round absorbing as much design inspiration & ideas as she could, and even got to attend the seminar ‘Future Cities: man made of made for man?‘ with Euan Mills, Ben Adams & Amanda Gregor. The seminar discussed the rapid expansion of modern cities & how we as designers can improve the future of cities. Euan Mills expressed his belief that cars ruined cities, then advised it is important to never design around new technologies – we should learn from past mistakes and look at what has worked in design.
Ben Adams spoke about how by 2036, we’ll be able to add a city the size of Birmingham to London due to the high demand for build – for example, 267 towers are needed in London in the next year, one built every 32.8 hours! Although there is a great concern for the future of London becoming denser, he pointed out that when looking at figures of the population of inhabited areas of London, you could see from the data that it was spread out & the majority of inhabitants are on the outskirts of the city (as opposed to American cities such as Los Angeles, that are heavily populated in the centre of the city.
Amanda Gregor showed an example of a project that is working to resolve some of the issues discussed – the project is called The Peckham Coal Line, who create parks in disused coalmines using civic crowdfunding and the local residents input. The Peckham project will be built on a disused railway coal siding to form a link to two high streets.
Joyce also took a few photos from the event which can be found on our Instagram page – check it out for some exciting inspiration!