Collaboration is key to tackling London’s affordable housing crisis – new report

Mother holding daughter who is under 5 years old in a park in London

Working together can be hard if public and private sector partners have different objectives. Our report looks at new models of collaboration in funding, retrofit and community involvement. Collaboration between stakeholders including London boroughs, housing associations and for-profit investors is the key to tackling the capital’s housing crisis. This is … Read more

Community, connection and Covid-19: Building community resilience to a crisis

Community, connection and Covid-19: How community development programmes can keep communities resilient during a crisis

Empowering residents and increasing equality and inclusion can boost community cohesion – as well as keep communities resilient in tough times. In this case study of Grahame Park in Barnet, we explore the benefits of investment in community development programmes, and how they’ve flexed in lockdown.

Community, connection and Covid 19: How landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community

Thamesmead has bold landscape-led regeneration plans for the future

Since the start of the pandemic people of all ages now spend more time outdoors – and the public realm has taken on a new significance in community life. As we look towards a post-pandemic future, this case study explores Thamesmead, the lessons we can learn from how communities have used outside spaces during lockdown and how landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community.

Community, connection and Covid-19: how community hubs support cohesion and collaboration in tough times

Musicians perform outdoor concert to the community

Community hubs are an important element of social infrastructure, but, as physical meeting spaces, they have experienced huge challenges during the pandemic. Using Acton Gardens Community Centre as a case study, we reflect on the role of community hubs in typical times’, and ask how they can continue to support communities as we navigate the ‘new normal’.