The making of great cities

V&A Director Tristram Hunt opened our fifth Future Cities Forum at Burlington House, London, this month, with a lecture on the 'making of great cities', past, present and future. Our forum was designed to gather research into the arts and sciences - led regeneration of cities.

In his talk - which you can listen to through the Future Cities Forum video link below - Tristram describes how the V&A Museum was born of ' a marriage of arts and sciences in the service of urban renewal'.

Today, he states, there is a healthy 'mashing together' of the two cultures brought about through the explosion of the digital economy. This he says is a return to the Victorian ideals of the 1850s when the energy and innovation of the UK, its empire and its competitors, were all celebrated under one roof in the Great Exhibition.

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