London Architects Come Together to Craft a Gingerbread City

This year’s iteration includes licorice cable cars and candy glass skyscrapers.

By Ethan L. Johns
December 07, 2018

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Thought you were a pro at making gingerbread houses? Just wait until you see an entire gingerbread city.

On Sunday, visitors to the V&A Museum in London will be treated to a particularly fragrant exhibition, organized by the London Museum of Architecture, which enlists local architecture firms to put away their foamcore board and their glue and focus on making models with edible gingerbread.

The third annual event—dubbed The Gingerbread City—aims to provide an accessible entrée into the world of architecture and design profession by creating a complete city out of edible materials. This year’s theme is “Imagining the Future City.”

According to Reuters, this year’s exhibition features more than 60 structures and includes a functional liquorice cable car, as well as cycling lanes and sidewalks made from sugar.

London’s Evening Standard also pointed out the presence of a microbrewery, a homeless shelter and a cinema with a screen powered by hydroponics.

The exhibition is open from December 8th until January 6th and costs the equivalent of $7.65 per person.

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If you’d rather just bake gingerbread without the design element, check out our collection of 19 Essential Gingerbread Recipes.

Or if you just don’t like gingerbread, update your tradition by making a Banana Bread House. Yeah, you read that correctly.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns