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'Endless Vertical City' | © SURE Architecture Limited
'Endless Vertical City' | © SURE Architecture Limited
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In 'London Visions', Artists, Architects and Designers Imagine the City of the Future

Picture of Claire Lancaster
Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 8 December 2017
London Visions, to open at the Museum of London from January 19, depicts unique scenarios of tomorrow’s world through the eyes of artists, architects and designers.

Through video installations, architectural narratives and video games, the display visualises future London scenarios based on issues we currently face, from climate change to resource scarcity.

Standout works include Flooded London, a series of images depicting imaginary scenes in London in 2090, when rising sea levels have flooded the city.

'Flooded London' | © Squint/Opera
Flooded London | © Squint/Opera

The series, from film and media studio Squint/Opera, shows London as a ‘tranquil utopia’, with the ruins of the contemporary rat race sunken far below the water.

'Flooded London' | © Squint/Opera
Flooded London | © Squint/Opera

‘By exaggerating the present and extrapolating what is happening around us, we can visualise speculative scenarios in the future which not only spark our imaginations but also triggers us to ask ourselves: is this how the future of London will look?’ says Foteini Aravani, digital curator at the Museum of London.

'Flooded London' | © Squint/Opera
Flooded London | © Squint/Opera

The exhibit will also screen In the Robot Skies: A Drone Love Story – the world’s first narrative shot entirely through autonomous drones on autopilot. The film speculates about the future of drones within a London council estate, touching on the boundaries between surveillance and privacy.

'In the Robot Skies: A Drone Love Story', directed by Liam Young and written by Tim Maughan | Courtesy of Museum of London
In the Robot Skies: A Drone Love Story, directed by Liam Young and written by Tim Maughan | Courtesy of Museum of London

The works are joined by competition-winning design Endless Vertical City, from SURE Architecture. The render envisions a skyscraper that could house the whole of London with its own ecosystem, and a spiralling form that could be extended infinitely upwards.

'Endless Vertical City' | © SURE Architecture Limited
Endless Vertical City | © SURE Architecture Limited

Also on show is artist Lawrence Lek’s video-game job simulator Play Station, which explores a future where all labour is designed as leisure.

Set in the year 2037, the simulation takes place in a futuristic version of the White Chapel Building, now transformed into the London distribution centre of a mysterious technology start-up known as Farsight. A world leader in digital automation, Farsight trains employees to outsource their jobs as much as possible, rewarding top performers with access to exclusive entertainment and e-holidays.

'Play Station', VR Simulation, 2017. A co-commission by Art Night and Outset Young Patrons Circle | © Lawrence Lek
Play Station, VR Simulation, 2017. A co-commission by Art Night and Outset Young Patrons Circle | © Lawrence Lek

The works and exhibition form part of City Now City Future, the Museum of London’s first ever season of over 100 events, exhibitions, displays and creative commissions exploring urban evolution in London and around the world.

Looking for more visions of the city of the future? See our review of the The Imminent Diorama, an exploration of the future UK capital in 2097.