Gingerbread City

The Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City is an architectural feast of city planning which is all made of biscuit. Peter Gray reports.

Gingerbreaad City
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When I first read about the Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City initiative, my first thoughts were that it must be a wind up. A whole city made of gingerbread?! Surely that was too good to be true. If you add a couple of mugs of egg nogg, that’s my Christmas fantasy come to life.

As soon as I was realised it wasn’t a prank, however, my next question was why. As it turns out, the answer to that question is rather bold and innovative. The Museum of Architecture’s initiative is actually a noble attempt to connect the public with the built environment, through the medium of…ahem…baked goods.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The city has been built (or should that be baked?) to an overall design by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and the team have then encouraged other architectural practices to buy “plots” on the site, on which they can build whatever they see fit.

If this all seems a bit mad, it actually works. Gingerbread City has proved a massive success with the general public with over 16,000 having visited the exhibition in 2019 alone. Now in its sixth year, the organisers are expecting this year’s event to be even more popular. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The theme of this year’s exhibition is transport with “over 100 architects, engineers and designers expected to use their design expertise (and baking genius) to create a city that explores imaginative new ways of moving around our densely populated cities”. As in previous years, designers will create their individual solutions and the whole thing will then be pieces together by the Gingerbread City team. 

The finished project will be available for public viewing (no nibbling allowed, unfortunately!) at 6-7 Motcomb Street from the 4th of December 2021. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For more information about the Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City, please click here.

For more information about events for Christmas in London 2021, please click here.

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What: edible architecture
When: From 4th Dec 21
Where: 6-7 Motcomb Street
Website: Gingerbread City