Cultural Cities debate report with the V&A East

V&A East Collections and Research Centre at HereEast, Stratford: internal render showing how marquetry ceiling from the now destroyed Altamira Palace near Toledo Spain will included as part of the architecture of the Collections Centre (Copyright Diller Scofidio + Renfro 2018)

Future Cities Forum held its first 'Cultural Cities' debate for 2021 looking at the two issues of how to provide sustainable cultural districts and how to make these relevant to communities with the societal changes that have occurred due to the pandemic.

Speakers included Director of the V&A East, Gus Casley-Hayford, Jonathan Reekie, Director of the Somerset House Trust, Fred Pilbrow, Senior Founding Partner of Pilbrow & Partners, Lloyd Lee, Managing Partner of Yoo Capital and Duncan Wilson Chief Executive of Historic England.

The V&A Museum is creating a new concept of museum and a separate archives and collections centre at Stratford, East London, in a cultural district which encompasses the BBC, the London College of Fashion, Sadler's Wells Theatre and The Bartlett among other institutions.