Shaping LDN

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ShapingLDN heralds a new strand of public programming from London Transport Museum, offering inspiring events, debate, and immersive content about transport, city living, and the future of London.

As the world’s leading museum of urban transport, LTM has long provided a place for the wider public to come, understand and enjoy the story of London’s journey.

However, our mission is not only to conserve our collections and tell stories of the past. We are also here to share knowledge and provoke debate about transport and the future of London. ShapingLDN offers an exciting new platform for these important conversations to take place, inviting a diverse public audience to come together, and to debate, network, inspire and stimulate conversations about the future of our city.

Following on from the success of our Designology Late Debate and Studio Event Programme as well as our ongoing Interchange B2B programme, ShapingLDN will explore topical future city themes, and the role transport plays in tackling global issues, such as the future of work and urban mobility, artificial intelligence and automation, population growth, health disparity and air quality.


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Memories in Motion: our sense of place in the ever changing city

Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Tickets: Adults £12; Concessions and LTM Friends £10

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As part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017, we’re exploring the role of transport past, present and future in building the memories of Londoners. From individual to collective memory, we’ll look at how transport architecture and infrastructure can impact what and how we remember and behave; exploring the fine balance between preserving the past and modernising for the future.

During the evening an expert panel will share their work and listen to views, allowing you to have a say in how architects, developers and communities can work together to influence, protect and shape our memories in our ever-changing cities.

Before joining the debate, you can enjoy a bar, music and networking or join in with a collective memory mapping activity in our Cubic Foyer.

The panel:

  • Ann Gavaghan, Design and Communities Development Manager for London Underground, will be directing a fast-paced, dynamic conversation between our experts on stage and the audience.
  • Julian Robinson, Head of Architecture at Crossrail overseeing the architectural design of the 10 new stations for the Elizabeth line, will be sharing his views on how Transport Infrastructure contributes to memory making past, present and future.
  • Victoria Hills MRTPI, Chief Executive Officer of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) with a background in planning, transport and programme management. Victoria will be sharing her experience of driving forward the transformation of what will be the UK’s largest regeneration project and how she balances maximising investment benefits afforded by the new HS2/Elizabeth Line ‘superhub’ station with respecting and preserving local interests and memories.
  • Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL, will be sharing his expert and fascinating views on the way people interact with their immediate environments and how innovative artistic and engineering approaches can tackle urban design and decision-making challenges related to memory shaping.
  • Chris Williamson, Partner at Weston Williamson and a well-respected registered architect, with years of experience in infrastructure, will be contributing his thoughts on how memory relates to urban design and city master planning.


  • 18:30 Doors open – bar and interactivities
  • 19:15 Welcome by Chair Ann Gavaghan and introduction to debate
  • 20:30 Debate closes