Today I had a lovely day out. We took the Northern Line to London Bridge, then the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich. Then we went over the Thames on the Emirates Cable Car – I loved this bit of the journey best – it was so peaceful, with great views. (If you use an Oyster card it’s £3.50 Adult / £1.70 Child, each way).
Just by the Cable Car station is The Crystal, a beautiful building, shaped like a Crystal, and one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. Inside is an exhibition about Smart Cities & sustainability. I think you’d enjoy some of the exhibits, it’s very interactive – you get a smart card to swipe at each stand. Upstairs is really for grown ups but downstairs is more exciting. Entry is free for everyone under 18, and for those working in education, so if either of your parents or carers work in education, get them to bring their staff badge along! Oh, and the cafe’s fab (award-winning) and you get 10% discount if anyone pays for the exhibition. There is a lawn outside, right by the water, if you fancy a picnic, and you may get to watch the planes land and some water-skiers!
The particular things I thought you might enjoy are:
- The main, curved video downstairs – look out for the blue signs telling you extra information, they’re really interesting
- The facial recognition stand – you get to test your skills!
- The emergency response stand – you direct the emergency services then get to see how algorithms and social media can be used instead
- The Kinetic energy footpath
- You can calculate the carbon cost of your journey to The Crystal
- See how much electricity you can generate on the bikes
- The Smart City information signs
- Over the bank holiday weekend, you can recycle a jam jar..
If you don’t get to go, here’s the main video (it’s a bit more boring as the actual one’s a curved screen – 4 videos at once):
And here are some photos I took for you:
And here’s a video about how the actual building was made and a virtual tour.