The Future City

Display charting a visual history of the future as the basis to explore the UK’s key urban challenges. What do changing technologies, demographics and lifestyles mean for our cities? What might they look like by 2065?


February 10 2015 • 10.00am
March 31 2015 • 5.00pm


RIBA Public Programmes (020) 7307 3699


The Practice Space, RIBA 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD


FREE of charge



FREE of charge

IMAGE: Clouds Architecture Office, Cloud Skippers, 2009. © Clouds Architecture.

Imagining the city of the future has long been a source of fascination for architects, artists, and designers. Through drawings, maps and film, urban futures have been depicted in many ways - from tranquil green utopias and great domed constructions to vast, inter connected mega-structures and machines.

Cities, once perceived as a problem, are now recognised as the heart of the country’s social, cultural and economic life. By 2065 the UK population may rise by 25% to as much as 80.5 million making it one of the EU’s most populous countries. This will create many challenges for cities. But there is a great opportunity for them to evolve and reinvent themselves, fostering a better quality of life for their inhabitants.

Drawing on the work of the Foresight Future of Cities Project and the RIBA, this display explores a visual history of the future to outline the UK’s key urban challenges over the coming decades. What do changing technologies, demographics and lifestyles mean for our cities? How can emerging tools help future proof cities and their citizens? What might your city look like in 2065?


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