Our Change in the Alley interactive installation in the City of London from 23rd-26th June 2015 has been a resounding success.

Numerous students and office workers took a wander through this historic byway, birthplace of the modern London Stock Exchange, to give their thoughts on the future of work and the city.

Local inner city schools took part: feedback shows that these young Londoners relished the chance to engage with the future of their city, with Daryell Scott from City Academy Hackney carrying off the prize for the best design to redesign the Pinnacle site (now 22 Bishopsgate).


A structure made from recyclable hoarding boards running the length of Change Alley gave visitors a chance to think about their ideal workspace, and to contribute those thoughts on that everyday item, a disposable coffee cup. They also added their designs to the London skyline.

The humble coffee cup was chosen as a nod to the history of the space: Jonathan’s Coffee House in Change Alley was one of the first to sell tea and coffee in London during the late 17th century. The cups were added to the installation every day to form a library of hopes and dreams of London’s inhabitants in 2015.

Nicholas Mulholland, Director of AWW’s London office, said: “As AWW celebrates 40 successful years, this was a great opportunity for us to encourage fellow Londoners to join the conversation around the future of living and working in London. We were delighted to take part in the London Festival of Architecture 2015 and to welcome visitors to our corner of the City”.