A new form of localism?

a new form of localism, playing ping pong

We’re once again under national lockdown restrictions and mostly living, working and playing within our local areas. This behaviour could be a short-term reaction to the new measures except there is now growing evidence of longer-term trends and an emerging form of localism. An alumni-led discussion, chaired by FoL board member Lucy Webb, explored how city makers should respond.

Accelerating homebuilding: how the public sector can deliver more homes, more efficiently

Accelerating homebuilding, BPTW, Watts Grove, Tower Hamlets, London

The public sector is facing a huge a challenge to accelerate homebuilding under extraordinary circumstances. But there are financial mechanisms from government available, planning reform in consultation, an appetite for collaboration and widespread public support for more homes. So how can the sector pull together against the odds? Featured image credit: BPTW

Conference write-up: Funding net zero

Cargo bikes

In the second webinar of our Achieving Net Zero Digital Conference Week, we reflected on how the public and private sectors can work together to fund the transition to a zero carbon built environment sector, and how we can make sure that the benefits and burdens of funding net zero are spread equally amongst all communities?  

Parks and green space: does everyone feel welcome?

Parks and green space: does everyone feel welcome?

Throughout the pandemic, parks have provided respite from cabin fever and safe places to meet family and friends. Whilst Covid demonstrates the value of green space for everybody, it also highlights inequalities. This webinar explored barriers experienced by people from different backgrounds and how the sector can do better.

Communities of Practice: High streets

Communities of practice: high streets

The future of high streets and town centres is not a new topic, but one that has certainly been brought into much sharper focus in recent months because of Covid-19. Adding to longstanding questions over the future of bricks and mortar retail and how this impacts high street footfall, uncertainty resulting from lockdown, social distancing, changes to working patterns and planning system reform are now thrown into the mix.