We live in the Age of Digital Information. Every part of our city – our buildings, services, transport and movement – can be recorded, designed, controlled or monitored using computer technology. Individually these pieces of information are smart – we can manage building energy systems, traffic lights and the movement of buses. The spread of new technologies and the coordination of all this data has the potential to make cities even smarter.
'Smarter London' explores how spatial data, technology and analytics are changing the way we design, build and manage the city. This NLA
exhibition uncovers a host of exciting smart projects taking place in London and examines the role of data in the development of a single building to large-scale city-wide infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, as well as the new role that gaming plays in community consultation projects.
Visitors can explore a virtual London from an entirely new perspective using the Pigeon Sim – where the use of gestures allow you to swoop and soar high over the city.
This exhibition is the result of a six month NLA Insight Study carried out with research partners at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), UC
The full Insight Study is available to download here. http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/dls/sl_book_lr.pdf
Exhibition video content:
What is a smart city?
NLA have roughly defined a smart city, and therefore a Smarter London, as one whose citizens, managers and suppliers come together to make intelligent use of technology and data about the way a city works, in order to improve efficiency and liveability and to reduce waste and carbon emissions. This video provides a short introduction into the subject, including key experts views and some examples of the technologies in place across the city.
Credits: Arup, Siemens, GLA, Urban Observatory, Open Street Map, IMAGES&Co, Future Cities Catapult, inmidtown, Giuseppe Parita and Space Syntax
Digital visualisation provides a powerful tool through which to abstract and analyse data, making networks and patterns of behaviours in cities much clearer. This video looks through how this tool provides new ways to investigate London's transportation, environmental issues, historical artefacts, and visitor flows.
Credits: CASA, GLA, and Eric Fischer.
Cross-correlation of data can quickly produce fresh insights to urban challenges. Utilising digital technologies can influence decisions over spatial layouts as well as visualise the impact of future proposed projects. There is also significant scope for producing a complete 3D model of London, to act as a mega database of information about the city, and make decisions about a city’s future more transparent to its citizens.
Credits: Datashine, Space Syntax, Future Cities Catapult, CASA, Arup, Croydon Council, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Vizicities and Arup.
3D printing and visualisation
Digital manufacture offers an exciting prospect to increasing housing provision, in which customers are able to customise and design their home using an online ‘kit of parts’. The Wikihouse concept offers an open source kit to allow ordinary members of the public to design, download, print and assemble a house, with the aim of democratising production.
Credits: HTA, Alistair Parvin, TED, Future Cities Catapult, Wikihouse, Coillte Panel Products, The Building Centre and China View.
Building design and post-occupation management
Building Information Management (BIM) is the process of generating and managing a digital representation of a building linked to a centralised database of project information. This process is transforming the way buildings are designed, constructed and managed - as demonstrated in this video by the construction of The Leadenhall Building and 240 Blackfriars, along with the interior layout of NBBJ's buildings and the pioneering approach by Arup with Project OVE, examining how the human body can help us understand how to build better.
Credits: Great Portland Estates, BIM Technologies, Laing O'Rourke, The Crown Estate, Balfour Beatty, Plowman Craven, Pilbrow & Partners, NBBJ and Arup.
Infrastructure and Underground London
Underground London is an immensely complicated network of tunnels and foundations, without a detailed model of its assets. To link this huge breadth of information, the many organisations who control these data sets would need to work together to produce and make such a model public. This video shows some of the recent attempts into making this happen, along with some of the technologies used to survey and record these assets.
Credits: Stephen Walter, Vizicities, MOLA, Crossrail, BBC, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup.
This illustration 'London Smartners' - meaning London smart partners - was drawn on an iPad by artist Julie Leonard and commissioned by NLA for Smarter London.
Julie Leonard is a painter, printmaker and on-screen iPhone digital artist living in London.