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Greenwich Peninsula is fast becoming the capital’s most boldly modern landscape. With 15,000 new homes, 13,000 new jobs and 48 acres of open public space emerging over the coming years. Here a community of thousands of pioneers live in new riverside homes, work in a cutting-edge Design District and enjoy The Tide, the neighbourhood’s elevated, riverside walkway and public art trail that celebrates art, design and wellbeing – all wrapped by the River Thames. This is new London: a destination for modern urban living.
Home to iconic London landmark The O2, Greenwich Peninsula returns as one of the Festival’s newest districts. Design District, London’s permanent home for the creative industries, and Design London, the largest destination for contemporary design during the festival return for their second iteration. Hosting a week-long programme to celebrate the achievements in its first year, Design District will scale up substantially, and showcase the diversity and dynamism of its rapidly evolving creative community. From 19–25 September 2022, Design District will bring design lovers from across the capital to the heart of Greenwich Peninsula for Design District Creates, a festival of design and making, ingenuity and imagination, that spans every creative discipline.
Bureau Talks, a series of three keynote talks from leading design-industry figures will explore some of the most pressing issues and ideas shaping the sector today. Tom Dixon will talk about failure, sharing the mistakes he’s made in his career, how they’ve helped him and what it means to be able to learn from them. Other speakers will explore how today sustainability is not only a differentiator, but a necessity for every creative business, and a third talk will take a deep dive into digital, looking at how Web 3.0 and the expanding metaverse impact the life and work of realworld designers.
The Design District Experience Trail and Retail Trail will showcase the creative talents operating within this creative hub. Helen Kirkum will show visitors how head-turning trainers can be created from recycled and dead-stock materials. Lighting-design studio Haberdashery will invite guests into its serene world of light. Uncommon Projects lifts the lid on architect-designed kitchens. Skincare and scent specialist Homework reveals how its fragrance experts create natural products inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. Ceramics brand Made by Manos throws open the doors of its experimental studio along with practical workshops. Accessories brand Ryan London provides insights into the intricacies of leather craft. The Photography Foundation will offer the chance to have headshots taken. Wizard Works’ workshop lets visitors in on how its cult bike bags are created. Tattoo studio Aura Ninety Four offers the chance to see its inksters. Lighting studio Luum shares the secrets of creating architectural light sculpture.
In addition, Channel Twelve will present Creative Quests, a time-themed trail around Greenwich Peninsula. Here.We.Go. Studio will bring the sound of nature to the urban jungle in a sensory exhibition. NOW Gallery will showcase an installation by Korean artist JeeYoung Lee and a pop up art installation by designer Bibi Ahmed. University of Brighton graduates from 2022 and 2020-21 will present an exhibition of future-facing design projects exploring materials and methods addressing environmental and social challenges.

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