Designs for sustainable cultural districts


Future Cities Forum gathered speakers at Wellcome Trust's HQ in London last week, to debate how we can best develop and integrate cultural infrastructure within cities - touching on districts as diverse as Borough Yards in Southwark, Stratford in East London, Farringdon and West Kensington.

Pam Alexander, who is both a board director of the London Legacy Development Corporation and a Mayor of London's Cultural Ambassador, stressed the importance of stitching the new into the old:

'There is no point in landing an alien 'spacecraft' gallery in a district which has no connection with it or no say in how it will be used.

'On the East Bank at Stratford, Allies and Morrison has master-planned part of the Olympic site for major new buildings for Sadler's Wells, the V&A, the BBC and the University of the Arts London. There are 250 artists in Hackney Wick nearby, there is the Theatre Royal Stratford, and East London Dance. The area is