The Crystal

Creating a better future for our cities

A Siemens initiative that explores how we can create a better future for our cities, the Crystal is home to the world's largest exhibition focused on urban sustainability. It offers a unique educational experience and an opportunity for students to explore the major trends and challenges facing cities today. Based in the centre of London’s Green Enterprise District, the Royal Victoria Docks, the Crystal is a world-class centre for dialogue, discovery and learning aimed at inspiring the urban planners, decision makers, architects and engineers – but most of all the citizens – of the future. The immersive exhibition showcases the latest technology and stimulates discovery around the issues of climate change, demographic change and urbanisation. It aims to motivate students to study sustainable engineering and develop skills in this exciting sector.

How to book your visit

Visits can be tailored to specific areas of study, allowing students to explore how they can make a personal contribution to sustainable living. We also have a series of downloadable STEM resources for teachers and students (aimed at pupils aged 11-14), which can be used before, during and after your visit to help you plan your trip and ensure you and your students get the most from the experience.

The Crystal exhibition is a rich resource of educational content dedicated to urban sustainability. It uses a unique, interactive approach that encourages students to challenge and change the way they think about our cities, now and for future generations.

There are three distinct parts to the exhibition and a total of ten zones that look at the challenges and opportunities for cities now and for the future. Each area presents a different perspective - global (Mega Zone), city (Macro Zones) and individual (Micro Zone).

We have created ‘Planning your visit’, ‘What’s in the Zones’ and 'Curriculum links' information sheets to help you plan your time at the Crystal. These provide a brief introduction to the content and format for each of the exhibits, show how the zones are linked, and suggest how best to plan your visit.  

The Crystal education teaching resources reflect the content of the exhibition and can be used to support delivery of the STEM curriculum for Key Stage 3 and in particular science, mathematics and geography. The resources can be used before, during and after your visit to the Crystal and are designed to maximise the educational impact and opportunities for learning and discovery offered by the exhibition.

Just as you can tailor your visit to the Crystal to meet specific areas of study, the resources can also be used in a variety of ways and have been designed for you to draw on as you see fit.