Your second film is entitled ‘What is a City?’. London has changed drastically over the last year due to the pandemic. What hopes do you have for the future of London as it transitions?
I’ve known London all my life and can see how much it has changed and adapted over the years. In ‘What is a City?’ I was thinking about how atomised an idea of a city could be, just as power can potentially be atomised. I doubt the centre, like Oxford Street, will ever be the same. I wonder whether physical shops will be fewer, whether mass commuting will cease, whether we will have real ‘garden cities’. I just found myself thinking that the ethos of a city as a physical centre would be really different. But then I also wonder whether we will have a huge party generation after the privations of the lockdown era.
There are many directions that London could take in the future, but the city lacks a shared vision to navigate the many challenges it faces and the trade-offs that will need to be made. The London Futures review is one such opportunity to take a long term, strategic approach to the city. Their aim is to build a new shared vision for London with Londoners.
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