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London: A Tale of Two Cities | Spring 2014

International Conference and Chapter Meeting

A Tale of Two Cities | 10-13 April 2014

London is a vibrant, ever-changing world city. Samuel Johnson once famously said “If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life.” Despite the recession, the last 15 years have seen tremendous growth and changes in London’s infrastructure. This conference will focus on 3 particular areas of regeneration: King’s Cross, London Bridge, and the Olympics, with one day focused on each area. 

Friday will focus on King’s Cross. The centerpiece is the 27 hectare redevelopment in the area immediately north of the Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations. We will have presentations on the masterplan, and we will tour a number of the buildings including Kings Cross station (McAslan), St Pancras station (Foster and British Rail), University of the Arts (Stanton Williams), Google Headquarters (AHMM) and many more. 

Saturday we will be in London Bridge. This area has undergone significant redevelopment with More London (masterplan by Foster and Partners), London Bridge Quarter including the tallest building in western Europe; The Shard by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop; and London Bridge Station by WSP and Grimshaw Architects. Talks on the major redevelopment projects will take place in the first half of the day followed by walking tours of the area including a visit to Borough Market and the Architecture Foundation. The day will end with a visit to the top of the Shard. 

Finally, on Sunday we will visit the Olympics in east London. We will have an overview of the Olympics development, and the extensive legacy plans. In addition to a tour of the overall development, we will visit the Velodrome (Hopkins) and the Aquatics Centre (Hadid). 

An optional extra day for Monday is being planned, with either additional building tours in London, or a day trip outside of the capital. 

Lester Korzilius AIA, Conference Committee Chair


Conference attendees are responsible for booking accommodations. A list of suggested hotels has been assembled by the conference organisersLondon also has a very active Airbnb community.





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