The Museum of London in the United Kingdom (UK) is presenting a new exhibition The City is Ours through January of 2018, a part of its year-long ‘City Now City Future’ program of exhibitions, creative commissions, large-scale public events, talks and debates. The season examines issues such as urban transformation, community actions, and the opportunities for individuals to participate in urban change.
The exhibition is divided into three sections – urban earth, cities under pressure, and urban futures. ‘Urban earth’ visualizes data from major cities around the world to compare them on issues such as population size, public transport networks, CO2 emissions, green spaces, wealth, access to healthcare, and life expectancy. ‘Cities under pressure’ features a physical interactive program which allows visitors to redesign a city of 500,000 people, moving the locations of business and residential districts to see the effects on traffic flow and CO2 emissions. ‘Urban futures’ shows a film looking at how citizens are using mobile phones and social media to assemble en masse in public spaces. The exhibition culminates in a vast digital screen highlighting 25 innovative London initiatives to improve the lives of local people in the capital, and invites visitors to either get involved or add their own local projects.
Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London, said: “Urban populations have skyrocketed in recent years, from just over 30% in 1950 to a projected 70% by 2050. In London too, recent estimates predict that its population will grow to nearly 10 million by 2024. In this age of the city we’re asking: what does the future hold for these urban metropolises and how can we contribute to their sustainability and survival?”
For more information visit: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/exhibitions/the-city-is-ours