is getting hotter. Over the past 25 years the average daily
temperature has risen two degrees, and it’s set to soar higher
still. Future Heat by Tomas Klassnik, explores how a city built for
a cooler climate might evolve to cope with our future sweltering summers.
8 June 2035, and temperatures are nudging 42 degrees across the city.
Your office has been unbearable since the air-conditioning broke down,
but now that the weekend is near, it’s time to slap on some factor
88 and take the kids to feed the parrots on the golden sands of Nelson’s
Mound. But beware, as on the hour the sprinkler systems installed in
Horatio’s hat begin to whir, spraying refreshing droplets of cool
water high into the air, creating a beautiful rainbow above Trafalgar
Square. Don’t fancy getting soaked? Then head down to the river
to visit a Thames Floater.
into place and moored next to Westminster Bridge between June and September
each year, the Floaters are a collection of buoyant island structures
that have proved a great hit with Londoners.
a cocktail as you promenade around the miles of temporary shoreline,
maybe take a stroll on the Big Melt (while you can), or go for a dip
in the artificially tinted aquamarine waters that surround you.
Later, why not ride a Motor Floater downriver, to attend one of the
festivals that take place upon the assembled mass of Desert Floaters,
spanning the river like a warmed-up version of a 17th-century Frost
Fair. Should the heat start to get to you, cool off under one of the
latest Blowpoles, now certified to operate at up to 412rpm. If that
doesn’t do the trick, head for a Drenchpost; if you can afford
it, try one of the branded-mineral-water versions, all the rage with
workers in the financial district.
Future Heat by Tomas
Klassnik is on show as part of GQstyle and The Architecture Foundations's
Blueprint for London.
30th March - 5th April
Yard Gallery, 49 Old Street, London, EC1.Also
see GQ Style issue 4 'The London Look'