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Idencity opens at the Roca London Gallery

The opening of Idencity at the Roca London Gallery

The LSA Design Think Tanks exhibition, Idencity, opened with a Live Design Pitch to a packed audience on 6 June. More than 160 people gathered at the Roca London Gallery to hear First Years and Design Think Tank leaders present their ideas to change the identity of London.

Compered by BBC broadcaster Robert Elms, a panel of ‘dragons’ – Amanda Baillieu (Archiboo), Levent Kerimol (Community-led Housing), Hannah Peaker (Women’s Equality Party) and Ben Plowden (TfL) – gave their responses.

Arranged within Zaha Hadid’s curvaceous white gallery, the exhibition consists of interactive models, films, drawings and installations, displayed on bright-coloured plinths designed by Studio Mathias Clottu. The six Design Think Tanks conducted research earlier this year into pressing issues facing London, under the direction of LSA Director of Inter-Practice Deborah Saunt.

Read more about the proposals here: Adaptive TypologiesArchitectural AgencyEmerging ToolsGlobal CurrentsMetabolic City and New Knowledge

Idencity is at the Roca London Gallery until 11 August. Opening hours are: Monday to Friday, 09.00-17.30, Saturdays 11.00-17.00; open until 20.00 on the last Tuesday of every month. Admission is free.

Book here for exhibition tours by Design Think Tank students and architects: 18.30, Wednesday 13 June; 18.30, Wednesday 27 June; 18.30, Wednesday 11 July.

All images: Susan Smart Photography

The Live Design Pitch ‘dragons’ (left to right): Hannah Peaker, Levent Kerimol, Ben Plowden and Amanda Baillieu
Exhibition design by Studio Mathias Clottu within a gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects
The Debating Chamber by Architectural Agency
The Civic Station by Emerging Tools
BBC London radio broadcaster Robert Elms hosted the Live Design Pitch with presentation by First Years and Design Think Tank Leaders. Pictured here, Rafael Marks from Penoyre & Prasad and Cristina Gaidos
New Knowledge presents at the Live Pitch: Philippine Wright, Giles Smith (Assemble) and Michael Cradock.