Smarter Cities: Housing

There's no shortage of Smart Home devices out there, from voice assistants to smart meters and system controls for heating, lighting and security. So far, these tend to be marketed to consumers and installed ad hoc; at FoL's 8 February workshop, we explored the potential for smart housing at scale and looked at what role the public sector might … [Read more...]

London Data Observatory – get involved!

Throughout Future of London’s 2017 programmes, one word was on everyone’s lips: data. Our research and events highlighted needs across the sector to make better use of data, whether for assessing placemaking initiatives, streamlining planning decisions or regulating PRS landlords — not to mention the innovative approaches highlighted by our Smarter … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Delivery

On 2nd November, Future of London brought together practitioners to share experience on how to get smart cities projects up and running in the third of our Smarter Cities workshops. Transport for London has long been a leader in adopting new technology – the congestion charge and Oyster ticketing system are exemplars of using technology to … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Infrastructure

As London grows, its infrastructure is coming under increasing strain. New infrastructure is needed to help deliver homes, move people around and improve the environment, and in a context of rapid change, up-to-date information is vital for making informed decisions about large-scale investment. Speakers at FoL's 28 Sept Smarter Cities workshop … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Town Centres

Smart Cities can be a slippery concept, meaning different things to different people. At the heart of smart cities discussions is the idea that by using new technologies we can improve the way we build our cities and delivery services to residents. On 7th September, we held the first in a series of workshops designed to explore what Smarter … [Read more...]

Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities roundtable

Through winter 2016-17, with the backing of LB Ealing and LB Southwark, Future of London interviewed public- and private-sector planning professionals to understand the inefficiencies and blockages in development management – and to unearth proven and potential ways to improve. Those findings are  and fed into a senior roundtable on 7 … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities

Planning officers across London dealt with nearly 77,000 planning applications in the year to March 2016, ranging from major schemes to home alterations to advertisements (1). During a debate on staffing at Future of London’s Doing More With Less conference, Pat Hayes, LB Ealing Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing, said local … [Read more...]