Menu

The
Challenge

Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, provides authoritative commentary on world events and offers solutions to global challenges.

As part of their centenary celebrations, they were looking for ways to showcase some of their insights to both staff and the general public.

The
Thinking

Platform Group collaborated with Chatham House and Futurologists from the School of International Futures in a year long project to build a view of the future. The Futurescape London experience was designed to stimulate debate about the future of our cities over the next century. Set in Piccadilly Circus Futurescape London was created following consultation with a mix of scientists, architects, designers, sustainability experts and trend analysts interested in building more positive urban futures.

The
Answer

A guided journey through four time periods, taking us to 2121 allows users to dive into Chatham House’s research and thinking and experience a positive future of London.

2035 depicts an urban environment adapted to meet emission reduction goals and to serve people rather than commerce and cars.

Piccadilly Circus 2060 imagines a city adapting to rising sea levels, bisected by new canals that support water transport and floating venues.

Piccadilly Circus 2090 is an environment shaped by vertical farms, giant energy and lighting structures, new religious identities and flying ‘sky barge’ homes.

Piccadilly Circus 2121 is part of a world positively transformed by artificial intelligence.

https://futurescape.chathamhouse.org

The
Effect

The digital portal has now been incorporated into a physical exhibition shown in London and Athens which tells the stories digitally and graphically and allows visitors to vote on what changes they most want to see in their local area.

Rose Abdollahzadeh, Managing Director of Research Partnerships at Chatham House said,

“Everything featured in the Futurescape time periods either already exists, or is in development. In that sense, all of it is highly achievable and plausible if society wants to make it happen."