Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in London.

May 2018
Jodie Eastwood
Chief Executive
Knowledge Quarter

London is currently seeing the rapid growth of an important, new placed based geography - innovation districts. These are areas that provide the right conditions for organisations from a range of sectors to exchange knowledge, work together and innovate.


Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the Knowledge Quarter; a partnership of 87 knowledge-based institutions within a mile-radius comprising of King’s Cross, Bloomsbury and Euston. This represents perhaps the greatest concentration of knowledge-based organisations anywhere in the world.


We’re proud to support New London Architecture (NLA) in its new publication and accompanying exhibition ‘Knowledge Capital: making places for education, innovation and health’, a major research piece examining development in the education, research and health sectors, identifying the key districts of growth and the factors influencing and supporting their location. Sign up to the half day conference or take part in NLA’s curator-led tours to find out how the capital continues to pioneer new technology and ground-breaking design to deliver enhanced teaching, research and health service facilities for all Londoners.


Incidentally, the Knowledge Quarter is not the only innovation district in London; we frequently work with the London Legacy Development Corporation around their activities in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Open city have organised ‘Olympics and Beyond’ which provides an opportunity for participants to explore this rapidly changing area, in the context both of its rich industrial past, and ambitious plans for the future.


Continuing with our advocating for London theme, the London Society is debating what makes 'great' writing about London at their event ‘London Online’. Join an eclectic mix of London bloggers to explore the how, why and what they write, and to discuss the representation of the capital online.


Bringing things back to the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, join Maggie Baddeley, a planning director at NLP, for a 3-hour walking tour of the Kings Cross area, Europe’s largest city centre regeneration scheme. During ‘King's Cross Renaissance’ I’m sure you will visit many Knowledge Quarter partners who reside in a combination of 20 historic and 30 new buildings set in new streets, squares and parks.


If you do take part in the above tour (or even if you don’t!), take a detour to visit some Knowledge Quarter partners who are offering some fantastic events and exhibitions this month.


The House of Illustration are presenting a rare glimpse in to an isolated graphic culture with their exhibition ‘Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK’. Hundreds of original objects including food packaging, ticket stubs and stamps, together with hand-painted propaganda posters and comics, give an unprecedented insight into everyday life in the DPRK.


Visit Europe’s largest medical research facility, the Francis Crick Institute who have a superb free exhibition running from now until the end of the year called ‘Deconstructing Patterns’. The exhibition provides a glimpse into three intricate developmental patterns studied at the Crick, each one introduced by a unique artwork.

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