PREVIEW: The City is Ours, London Museum

This new exhibition at the Museum of London will invite visitors to explore the joys and challenges of urban living. 


This new display formed of digital and physical interactives and films will tackle issues such as affordable housing, effective urban planning, transport, air quality and  green space to present the challenges and the solutions communities have created to deal with these issues.

The interactive exhibition has been created by the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris and will be spread across three of the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces.

Exploring the changes happening to cities across the world and how their inhabitants are adapting in response, The City is Ours looks at how governments and communities are coming together to make cities become cleaner and healthier environments.

Highlights of the exhibition will include:

  • A nine-metre-wide film called Urban Earth that visualises data from major cities around the world to compare them on issues such as population size, public transport networks, CO2 emissions, green spaces, wealth, access to health care, and life expectancy.
  • A physical interactive which allows visitors to redesign a city of 500,000 people, moving the locations of business and residential districts to see the effects on traffic flow and CO2 emissions.
  • A film looking at how citizens are using mobile phones and social media to assemble en masse in public spaces, for pleasure or protest, from demonstrations in Tehran and Hong Kong to a worldwide flash mob in tribute to Michael Jackson.

Talking about the exhibition, Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London, said: “Urban populations have skyrocketed in recent years, from just over 30% in 1950 to a projected 70% by 2050. In London too, recent estimates predict that its population will grow to nearly 10 million by 2024. In this age of the city we’re asking: what does the future hold for these urban metropolises and how can we contribute to their sustainability and survival?”

The City is Ours will open to the public from the 14th July and will be on display until the 2nd January 2018. For more information visit:



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