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Edible Gingerbread City Baked and Built by Architects at the Victoria & Albert Museum

More than 60 structures have been baked and the city features a cable car made of liquorice, and cycle lanes and pedestrian route made entirely of sugar.

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Updated:December 6, 2018, 1:55 PM IST
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Edible Gingerbread City Baked and Built by Architects at the Victoria & Albert Museum
A structure built by a robot from architects Foster and Partners is seen the Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City at the V&A Museum, in London, Britain, December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Architects have swapped traditional building materials for sugar and spice to create an edible gingerbread city of the future at London's V&A Museum, to show that urban planning can be fun, and tasty.

The annual exhibition, which runs from December 8 to January 6, showcases buildings by architects, designers and engineers who had been asked to create a sustainable and inclusive city of the future.

"Whilst this might seem really crazy and the fact that we are working in gingerbread, this isn't actually too far from the realms of the way that we are," said Robert Nolan, an architect at APT.

"If you can see yourself having fun with just gingerbread and then transplant that to something a bit more realistic, actually it's not too far off and actually design is fun."

More than 60 structures have been baked and the city features a cable car made of liquorice, and cycle lanes and pedestrian route made entirely of sugar.

Holland Harvey Architects designed a modern homeless shelter. The practise is in the process of designing a real-life shelter for the British charity Shelter from the Storm.

"The idea of those that are forgotten Christmas time are remembered and actually that there is hope I suppose for, you know, that there are organisations out there that are providing kind of places for people at Christmas to be," said architect Jonathan Harvey.

Among the gingerbread structures on display is also a pavilion designed by Foster and Partners that was built by a robot - a first for the exhibition, according to founder and director Melissa Woodford.

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