Weston Williamson+Partners, London
Technology has transformed the way we live, work, and play and, within the next few decades, it will also transform the way we move between and around cities – the use of automated vehicles, drone deliveries, and magnetic lift technology are just a few examples. Computers and BIM have transformed what we can build and how it is built: robotics and 3-D printing technology will add further capacity for new forms and ways of construction, affecting the look and feel of buildings, and influencing the spaces between them.
The presentation covered several key development opportunities adjacent to transport interchanges. The East London Line and Crossrail have transformed London, providing important connectivity and encouraging regeneration. These projects often involve value capture to fund the infrastructure provision. In connection, the presentation proposed a new model city based around a high-speed rail and efficient shared transport, with better opportunities for cycling and walking. The model city encompasses 300,000 residents living in a car-free center, as part of a wider city for 800,000 – a high-rise version of a true garden city, presenting a new way of living based on current and emerging technologies.