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2018 ShapingLDN events

  • Late Debate: Race for Space - 22 November 2018

Late Debate: Race for space

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Date: Thursday 22 November 2018
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:45 – 22:00
Tickets: £15, Concessions and LTM Friends £12

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Please note the event is suitable for 18+ only

London’s population is larger than it has ever been and its growth is showing no sign of slowing down. Expected to exceed 10 million by 2036, it will soon join the growing list of global megacities. How will we manage the race for urban space and provide enough for housing, nature, culture, and critical infrastructure? What can we learn from cities around the world and what technological, cultural and transport innovations must we develop and adopt?

Join us in this festival style event offering debates, talks, and workshops and discuss how to future-proof our city. Network in our Futures Marketplace and explore London Transport Museum’s galleries after hours, including the temporary exhibition on Crossrail – Secret Life of a Megaproject, and the brand new gallery, Future Engineers.

ShapingLDN Culture Capital

Keynote opening by Michèle Dix CBE, Managing Director of Crossrail 2

Panel Debate – powered by New London Architecture

Culture Capital?

London is growing – housing, commercial, transport and hospitality development are all competing for increasingly scarce space. Will there still be room for culture? For artist studios, creative workspaces, galleries, performance spaces and public art? Can culture play a part in enriching London’s changing places or is it itself a driver of gentrification and displacement? This panel debate will bring together leading experts to discuss these challenges and explore potential solutions for London.

Chaired by Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architeture

Speakers include:

  • Tim Reeve, Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer, V&A
  • Emily Druiff, Artistic Director & CEO, Peckham Platform
  • Matthew Dearlove, Head of Design, Greenwich Peninsula, Knight Dragon
  • Annelie Kvick Thompson, Principal, Grimshaw Architects

ShapingLDN Lightning Talks

Lightning talks

Drop in to a series of quick-fire talks by a diverse line-up of speakers:

  • Elizabeth Line: A Very Special Railway; London’s ‘RER’ with Crossrail’s Operations Director Howard Smith
  • Evolving Streets with Susan Claris, Arup
  • Gendering the Smart City: Curating Violence against Women from below with Dr Ayona Datta, KCL
  • Building Upwards, Outwards and Inwards: How Far Can We Go with Michael Batty, UCL
  • Working the Crowd with Documentary Curator Ellie Miles and Young People’s Programme Manager Beth Atkinson
  • Air Pollution: An opportunity to promote health through better urban planning with Dr Audrey de Nazelle, Imperial College
  • City Living: Young People’s Housing Experiences with Gemma John, Human City
  • Urban Food Commons with James Turner, Feedback Global


ShapingLDN Futures Marketplace

Futures Marketplace

Meet inventors, innovators and problem-solvers reclaiming space, developing new transport models and shaping the city of tomorrow. Step into a pop-up tube station showcasing LTM’s contemporary collecting project of community-led initiatives to reclaim station space. Try the produce grown in Energy Gardens. Learn about TfL’s 4LM project, modernising the 120 years old signalling technology on the Underground network.

Get creative with engineering challenges with the Institution for Civil Engineers. Let Service Designer Becky Miller help you find a cycling buddy. Recharge with Arup’s future vision for Electric Vehicles. Browse the latest publications on urbanism and chat to authors in the MIT Press book lounge. And test your own skills with LTM’s Enjoyment to Employment activities to inspire the next generation of engineers. 

Past events

Late Debate: Environment matters

Late Debate: Environment

London Transport Museum hosted a festival event to discuss and explore ways of making London a cleaner, greener, and more liveable city. Guests were able to enjoy an evening of talks, debates, immersive experiences and workshops, as well as networking in our Futures Marketplace and exploring the Museum’s new and iconic galleries after hours.

Read the full programme for the Late Debate: Environment matters [5.7 MB]

Late Debate: Women of the future

Late Debate: Women

On the evening of 8 February 2018, around 350 visitors and guest organsiations joined London Transport Museum for a festival event to celebrate and champion women’s contribution to society over the past 100 years and debate the progress we are making towards equality in the 21st century. Guests enjoyed an evening of talks, debates, immersive experiences, comedy and workshops, as well as networking in the Futures Market Place and exploring the Museum’s wonderful collection after hours.

This Late Debate was part of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, marking 100 years since the first women in Britain given the right to vote. Driven by the suffragist and suffragette movements, this was a major step towards equal voting rights for all women and men, which was finally achieved in 1928.

Read the full programme for the Late Debate Women of the Future [PDF 1.9 MB]

Late Debate: Technology and the future

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On the evening of 29 November 2017, over 350 visitors and guest organsiations joined London Transport Museum for a Late Debate exploring emerging technologies and how they might reshape the way we live, work and travel. They explored what’s on the tech horizon, from driverless cars and delivery drones, to apps, maps and virtual reality, and debated how technology might evolve to better suit our needs or advance faster than our human capabilities.

Read more about the Late Debate: Technology in the full programme [928 KB]

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ShapingLDN is a programme of inspiring events, debate and immersive content about transport, city living and the future of London.

Throughout the year we invite people (18+) from all backgrounds to join us in exploring and debating topical future city themes and the role transport plays in tackling global issues. From emerging technologies, to equality and diversity, population growth and density, to air quality, health and wellbeing.

ShapingLDN is part of London Transport Museum’s programme of Thought Leadership, working alongside Interchange, our Corporate Member Thought Leadership programme, attended senior decision-makers from across the transport industry.

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