Exploring the complexities of a modern day city.

Client: Ben Adams Architects 

Date: 2017 – 2018 

Services: Insight, design 

Pointless City aims to explore the complexities of living in London today. The title is an expression of potential ‘pointlessness’ of London and other world cities if we cannot economically live, work and play in them.

Within this publication we meet a group of key developers, architects, entrepreneurs and thinkers working in London. Our conversations aim to learn about them and their work, get their perspective on London and hear their ‘Big Idea’ that London should be striving for.

London has for many of its inhabitants become pointless. It is too expensive for anyone earning an average salary; there is a shortage of homes that means high and rising prices for housing; high office rents drive out SME’s and a creaking infrastructure forces us to ask the question: why do we live and work in London? On one hand an exodus of young professionals from the capital in recent years appears to support this position, but on the other hand London continues to grow and grow. Pointless City explores the ideas that this contradiction fosters, and the architectural possibilities that emerge in response, understanding London as an urban condition in the middle of profound change.

Five themes: Growing Pains, Off the Grid, Microhoods, Life Lessons and Cultural Cramps are used to explore this condition; ranging from how the City is conceived to the lived experiences that it ultimately delivers.

Pointless City is a timely endeavour that will get to the heart of and explore the issues affecting the lives of many Londoners today.