One of the most sustainable buildings in the world is home to new thinking in suitable cities.
The Crystal, an initiative by Siemens, is a new building in London’s Royal Victoria Docks and is dedicated to improving knowledge of urban sustainability. It’s home to the world’s largest exhibition focused on urban sustainability, and aims to push forward dialogue, discovery and learning.
And not before time. The challenge facing cities is massive. Over half the world’s population live in urban areas, and cities now consume about 75% of all the world’s energy and emit around 80% of all greenhouse gases.
The Crystal’s vibrant and engaging vast interactive exhibition ‘aims to educate all of us about the technologies and solutions that can help to improve urban life and sustainability’.
The exhibition zones include issues such as creating cities, smart building and a look to Future Life, highlighting the demographic change, urbanization and climate change impact on all parts of people’s lives.
The building itself is impressive, from its crystalline design to its high-spec eco credentials. It showcases state-of-the-art technologies that support sustainable city living and also profiles Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio, the largest and most comprehensive in the world.
The Crystal is well worth a visit to anyone interested in how the world is preparing to face up to the future challenge, and is in the centre of London’s new Green Enterprise District, just two miles from the 2012 Olympic Park, and as you would expect, well served by public transport.
The Crystal opens on Saturday, September 29.
Take a look at Projection Mapping of the Crystal and be wowed!