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Juxtaposing Models of Urban Change in London

London is a complex city—historic, but undergoing extensive urban redevelopment driven by the recapturing of redundant, postindustrial land and infrastructure. Allies and Morrison Partner Artur Carulla will juxtapose three different approaches to urban transformation in London:

  • King’s Cross, a single owner-developer is curating the development of a large center-city site that has resulted in one of the most successful regeneration projects in the world;
  • The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where multiple developers and client bodies are brought under the guidance of a single Mayoral Development Corporation with planning powers; and
  • Bankside, on the south side of the River Thames, a more incremental, bottom-up decision-making takes place with an overview from the local authority and interested participants who make up a diverse and changing neighborhood.

Join us at the District Architecture Center to learn how Allies and Morrison has played an essential role in the shaping of all three places. Carulla’s presentation will share lessons learned and draw parallels between the three different models.

Presented by: Artur Carulla

Artur Carulla trained at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAB) in Barcelona and The Architectural Association in London. He joined Allies and Morrison in 2003 having previously worked in New York, and became a Partner in 2015. He is involved across the whole range of the practice’s work, leading a number of cultural, educational, residential and commercial projects from concept to delivery. In recent years, he has also been involved in large urban regeneration masterplans, responsible for Allies and Morrison’s proposals for the new town center of Elephant and Castle, a two million square feet residential led development which also includes a multi-story retail center, a new underground station, a cultural venue, a new building for the London College of Communications and the headquarters offices for the University of the Arts London.


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore and study three of the major sites of redevelopment in the largest city in Europe;
  • Explain and understand the role of the Architect in long-term urban planning initiatives;
  • Describe good practice in the re-use of post-industrial infrastructure in urban projects; and
  • Explore the idea that no two urban regeneration projects have the same conditions or outcomes.