Shaping LDN

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Join London Transport Museum for inspiring events, debate and immersive content about transport, city living and the future of London.

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2018 ShapingLDN events

Late Debate: Environment matters

Late Debate: Environment

Date: Thursday 7 June 2018
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:45 – 22:00
Tickets: £15, Concessions and LTM Friends £12

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Please note event is suitable for 18+ only

Join London Transport Museum for a festival event to discuss and explore ways of making London a cleaner, greener, and more liveable city. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening of talks, debates, immersive experiences and workshops, as well as networking in our Futures Marketplace and exploring the Museum’s new and iconic galleries after hours.

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Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor, Environment and Energy will open the evening with a keynote speech. “All Londoners deserve a city that is clean, green and healthy. The Mayor has set out his ambitious plans for improving London’s environment immediately and for generations to come. I’m pleased to be joining the Late Debate to share more about what we’re doing - including cleaning up London’s toxic air, becoming the first National Park City through protecting and expanding green spaces and reducing waste from single-use plastics” - Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues

  • Let’s clear the air! Concerned about the detrimental impact of air pollution in London? Join this expert packed panel debate to ask what is happening to reduce pollution in our city and what we can all do to help. Chaired by Professor Frank Kelly of the London Air Quality Network at King’s College London. Panellists: Lilli Matson, Director of Transport Strategy, City Planning, Transport for London; Samantha Heath, Chief Executive, London Sustainability Exchange; Justin Bishop, Senior Consultant in Transport Planning, Arup; Simon Birkett, Founder and Director, Clean Air in London.
  • Climate change: Forecasting risks, engineering solutions – Climate change is predicted to increase the risk of major flooding, droughts and heatwaves in the capital. As part of the Year of Engineering, join a panel of professional problem-solvers to explore the evidence and discuss ideas for engineering a brighter future. Chaired by Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Joined by panellists: Rob Paris, Head of Sustainability and Consents, Crossrail; Anusha Shah, Thames Estuary Partnership Chair; Ian Uttley, Senior drainage engineer, London Underground
  • Inspired by the draft London Environment Plan, enjoy a line-up of quick-fire talks by people striving to make London one of the greenest cities on Earth. Expect sustainable megaprojects, urban farming, designing for mental health, living streets and green Brexit recommendations. Hosted by Alex Lawrence-Berkeley, Sense Media Events. Speakers include Emma Watkins, Graduate Engineer, Skanska; Rob Paris, Head of Sustainability and Consents, Crossrail; Amy Mount, Head of Greener UK Unit, Green Alliance; Layla McCay, Director, Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health; David Harrison, London Living Streets, Trina Lynskey, DeptfordFolk; Rebecca Trevalyan, Library of Things and a representative of the National Park City Foundation.
  • Futures Marketplace  Pop into our Futures Market Place to enjoy workshops and meet the innovators, disruptors and changemakers working towards a healthier, more sustainable, and cleaner city. Try your hand at urban farming, design a park on a biscuit, make your own solar power panel, experience futuristic transport in VR and in real life - with Tesla, the Institution of Civil Engineers, London Transport Museum’s Enjoyment to Employment, Farmbus, London Living Streets, Repowering London, Beemcar, DeptfordFolk, and the Women’s Environmental Network.
  • Yoga and mindfulness for urban living – Join cultural yoga instructor Chi Onuora who will be sharing a simple daily practice routine of yoga and mindfulness exercises, designed to minimise stress and enhance life in an urban environment.
  • Enjoy a drink, music and the chance to explore the Museum’s collection after hours, including London Transport Museum’s brand new displays and galleries; Digging Deeper and The Secret Life of a Megaproject

(Full programme coming soon)

Late Debate: Race for space

Late Debate: Space

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018 (note this date has changed)
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:45 – 22:00
Tickets: £15, Concessions and LTM Friends £12

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Please note event is suitable for 18+ only

Over 54% of the world’s population live in cities today and this figure is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. London Transport Museum invites you to a Late Debate exploring how London will cope with its continuing population growth. How we will balance a liveable environment with increasing density, providing space for nature, culture, heritage and play, as well as housing and critical infrastructure. Share your views on London’s expanding rail network and come up with your own creative solutions. Join us in this festival style event offering debates, immersive experiences, talks, and workshops. 

Past events

Late Debate: Women of the future

Late Debate: Women

On the evening of 8 February 2018, around 350 visitors and guest organsiations joined London Transport Museum for a festival event to celebrate and champion women’s contribution to society over the past 100 years and debate the progress we are making towards equality in the 21st century. Guests enjoyed an evening of talks, debates, immersive experiences, comedy and workshops, as well as networking in the Futures Market Place and exploring the Museum’s wonderful collection after hours.

This Late Debate was part of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, marking 100 years since the first women in Britain given the right to vote. Driven by the suffragist and suffragette movements, this was a major step towards equal voting rights for all women and men, which was finally achieved in 1928.

Read the full programme for the Late Debate Women of the Future [PDF 1.9 MB]

Late Debate: Technology and the future

Late debate poster

On the evening of 29 November 2017, over 350 visitors and guest organsiations joined London Transport Museum for a Late Debate exploring emerging technologies and how they might reshape the way we live, work and travel. They explored what’s on the tech horizon, from driverless cars and delivery drones, to apps, maps and virtual reality, and debated how technology might evolve to better suit our needs or advance faster than our human capabilities.

Read more about the Late Debate: Technology in the full programme [928 KB]

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ShapingLDN is a programme of inspiring events, debate and immersive content about transport, city living and the future of London.

Throughout the year we invite people (18+) from all backgrounds to join us in exploring and debating topical future city themes and the role transport plays in tackling global issues. From emerging technologies, to equality and diversity, population growth and density, to air quality, health and wellbeing.

ShapingLDN is part of London Transport Museum’s programme of Thought Leadership, working alongside Interchange, our Corporate Member Thought Leadership programme, attended senior decision-makers from across the transport industry.

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