London is a city for living

dRMM's entry into the 2019 Seoul Biennale

London is a city for living

dRMM was delighted to be invited to partcipate in the London exhibition at the 2019 Seoul Biennale. As a city London is constantly adapting, which is why it has remained one of the major capitals in the world. The exhibition considers the key strengths and attributes that London will need to develop to remain a paradigm of 21st Century urban living.

“London is…” was the theme for the 2019 London exhibition, curated by Peter Bishop and Creative Director Isabel Allen.

dRMM was delighted to have been invited to contribute to the exhibition, alongside nine emerging and established architectural firms. Each studio was been asked to consider a different aspect of London and what the city needed to do to remain a leading global capital over the next 30 years, ours was ‘a city to live in’.

With the city’s population constantly increasing and a heritage of dense, sprawling low-rise villages, making space for people is becoming more and more challenging.

Our concept was inspired by ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ and imagines London as a healthy, prosperous and live-able London which creates a sense of ownership, belonging and togetherness for everyone.

We believe that the way we design, plan and build in London needs to change, so we created a set of rules that formed the basis for our speculative drawing

Housing is infrastructure.
Everyone has a space to cultivate & grow things.
Streets are for people – with secondary roads optimised for AI cars, emergency vehicles and logistics transport.
All buildings are flexible and predictive.
Urban spaces should encourage activity and sport.
Districts, neighbourhoods and buildings are truly ‘mixed-use’, creating local communities and nurturing small-scale economies.
The river is re-imagined as place to live and work.
Industrial land is reimagined, intensified, opened-up, and celebrated.
Cyclists are safe everywhere they go.
Everyone has a place to play & to gather, through connected green spaces.

London is a city for living


London is a city for living

Sadie Morgan