We run free events for built environment professionals in London including workshops, field trips, roundtables and conferences. Our events bring together our member organisations, project partners and experts from the Future of London network.
Making the Most of… Public Assets
Thursday 29 February 2024, 8.30 to 11.00am
How are public sector teams and their partners maximising value from public assets in London despite the challenges faced by the built environment sector? Join our panel from the public and private sectors to explore topics including place-based social value and better planning for the public estate.
PFI Expiry: Why London boroughs must plan now
Thursday 25 April 2024, 4:00 to 6:00pm
As more Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts start to expire, local authorities may face uncertainty about the future of public service assets. Join us for a seminar for London boroughs and their stakeholders to look at PFI expiry and the importance of preparing effectively.
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Housing Pathways to Better Health: Learning from elsewhere
Wednesday 7 February 2024, 9:30am to 11:30am
Part of the Health & Housing Impact Network, this online event showcased projects from around England that have successfully integrated housing with clinical health pathways. Write-up to follow.
FLL35 Proposals for London – Retrofit and making the most of what we’ve got
Thursday 22 February 2024
Candidates did presentations on the theme of making the most of our existing assets. They explored the challenges and opportunities within the theme and bring forward a host of exciting ideas.
Social Value: Creating a Long-Term Legacy
Thursday 22nd February 2024
How to create a social value legacy with placemaking expert Maria Adebowale-Schwarte of the London Sustainable Development Commission as part of our Unlocking Social Value programme. Write up to follow.
Future of Cities World Café
Wednesday 31 January 2024
Part of our Future of Cities programme, this interactive live event will highlight how innovative cities beyond London are tackling their urban challenges. Write-up to follow.
Retrofit – Making the most of what we’ve got
Thursday 25 January 2024
Join us for an expert panel on retrofit opportunities followed by a lively interactive discussion exploring practical takeaways. Topics will likely include repurposing building uses, low-carbon retrofits, supply-chain, community involvement, speed and scale. Write-up to follow.
Human-Centred Design: Taster training for our alumni
Tuesday 18 January 2024
An exclusive training opportunity for our alumni. This course will provide an introduction to Human Centred-Design and practical exercises to apply it to built environment challenges.
Webinar: Launch a rewarding career in the built environment
12 and 13 December 2023
Our Emerging Talent Programme leads to rewarding careers, including housing, planning, regeneration, urban design and community building. The webinar provided the opportunity to learn more about the programme and a chance to meet some of our recruits.
Virtual field trip: Sydney and the resilient city
Thursday 30 November
How do cities around the world adapt and prepare for future shocks and challenges? In the first event of our new Future of Cities programme, we took a virtual trip to Sydney, Australia, to see how the city is prioritising resilience. Read the write-up
Workshop: How to map social value and leave a lasting legacy
Wednesday 29 November 2023
This ‘social value mapping workshop’ was part of our Unlocking Social Value programme. The workshop drew on systems mapping principles to understand the relationships, skills, processes and approaches that are critical to long-term impact.
Roundtable: Social value and young people in South Kilburn
Wednesday 8 November 2023
This roundtable discussion explored how LB Brent is creating social value for young people through partnering with local community organisations. We learned about approaches to youth engagement such as the appreciative inquiry method. Read the write-up
Webinar: How our Emerging Talent Programme can increase the diversity of your team
Wednesday 8 November 2023
This online session provided an overview of how the programme works and heard from both an employer and recruits from the first cohort of the programme, about their experience.
Activating innovation in the built environment
Monday 6 November
We hear a lot about ‘innovation’, but what does that mean in practice? Our latest City Makers’ Forum explored this question with a panel of innovation experts and entrepreneurs. Read the write-up here
Field trip to Royal Docks: Social value and legacy
Tuesday 17 October 2023
The Royal Docks in Newham is the Mayor of London’s largest land-led project and the only enterprise zone in the capital. We visited to find out how the regeneration team is shaping its social value plan for the next five years. Read the write-up
Proposals for London & Graduation FLL34
Thursday 28 September 2023
Our FLL34 cohort presented their Proposals for London on the theme of the future of cities. Find out who won the audience vote for best pitches here.
Field Trip: Social value and young people in Hackney
Tuesday 26 September 2023
We visited Young Hackney Eastway and Hackney Bridge to learn what it takes to build and healthy and inclusive city for young people, with a focus on social value legacy. Read the write-up
Health and Housing Impact Network: Tottenham field trip
Tuesday 19 September 2023
We visited a range of housing, community and public realm projects to see how LB Haringey has been working across departments to create a more integrated approach to health and housing outcomes. Read the write-up
Launch event: Council-Led Housing Network
Wednesday 26 July 2023
As London boroughs become major housebuilders, they are looking to grow their inhouse skills and expertise. Deputy Mayor Tom Copley joined us as we launched a new network run by Future of London to provide peer to peer support and expert knowledge. More here
Leaders Plus 10 Proposals for London & Graduation
Wednesday 26 July 2023
Leaders Plus 10 candidates presented their Proposals for London on the theme of cross-sector working in impactful five-minute pitches. Read a blog post from the event here.
A population health approach to health and housing integration
Thursday 20 July 2023
Focusing on population health is a key to improving health and wellbeing by addressing issues such as air quality in the home environment, including vehicle pollution, damp and mould. More here.
Conference 2023: Unlocking Social Value
Tuesday 4 July 2023
Unlocking social value is the key to successful urban development. Our annual conference focused on how social value is created by built environment projects and their impact on communities. Write-ups, speaker slides and video to follow. More here
Workspace of the Future – City Makers’ Forum
Tuesday 20 June 2023
How will the workspace of the future look, and what does that mean for town centre development? Covid accelerated the trend towards hybrid working and our City Maker’s Forum with Hatch considered the impact of these long-term changes. Event write-up here.
Future London Leaders 33 Proposals for London & Graduation
Tuesday 13 June 2023
Future London Leaders (FLL) 33 presented their Proposals for London on social value followed by a graduation ceremony and networking.
Future of London Mentoring Awards
7 June 2023
Our network had a great night celebrating the value of mentoring at the Future of London mentoring awards. Find out who won
Social Value: a decade of progress?
Thursday 4 May 2023
Future of London launched a practice-based research programme to consider the impact of social value on people and places. More on the Unlocking Social Value programme here.
Housing and integrated care: how can we have most impact?
Thursday 4 May 2023
The first event with our Health and Housing Impact Network considered the mutual benefits of built environment professionals working with the new integrated care systems (ICSs). Find out more about the network here.
Affordable Housing: Proposals for London & report preview
21 February 2023
Preview of the Affordable Housing: Overcoming crisis through collaboration programme the latest Future London Leaders cohort, and practical recommendations from contributors to the wider research programme. More
Leading through Crisis: London as a global city
2 March 2023
We organised a series of events called Leading through Crisis to pick out the critical skills needed to lead effectively through these tumultuous times. The debate focused on London as a global city.
Report launch: Making the case for co-production in the built environment
7 March 2023
Final event in our Rethinking Community Engagement programme to launch our report on co-production, introducing FoL’s Co-production Principles and discussing how to make co-production a more mainstream practice. More
City Makers’ Forum: Embedding social value in development
Wednesday 30 November 2022
Now more than ever, city makers need to demonstrate that housing, regeneration and development schemes are creating positive value for local people and economies.
Data City: how is digital transformation shaping London’s built environment?
29 November 2022
From minimising the risk of cyber-attacks aimed at global financial institutions, to helping the digitally excluded get online in marginalised communities, the digital agenda for London is broad. Find out more
What is co-production and how can it work in the built environment?
24 November 2022
‘Co-production’ is talked about widely across the built environment, but do we all mean the same thing? And even if we can agree on a definition, why is co-production so hard in practice? More
Engaging Young Londoners
1 November 2022
For too long, young people have been side-lined in the built environment sector. Our network has told us that they want to do more to engage with young Londoners, both as contributors to decisions in our city and as potential members of the workforce. Read the write-up
Future of London Affordable Housing Conference
5 October 2022
London has been in the midst of an affordable housing crisis . Our conference explored ways to overcome this crisis through better collaboration. Read the session write-ups with speaker slides here
Designing in diversity: creating inclusive places
29 September 2022
As part of our Designing in Diversity programme, this seminar celebrated some great work to learn what more the sector must do to create spaces which welcome everyone. Read more
FLL31 Proposals for London
27 September 2022
Candidates presented their Proposals for London on the theme of Designing in Diversity before graduation.
Designing in diversity: People, process and practice
14 July 2022
Creating inclusive spaces is a top priority for built environment practitioners. As part of our Designing in Diversity programme, this seminar consider the drivers of real change within the sector itself. Read more
LP9 Proposals for London & Graduation
13 July 2022
Candidates presented their Proposals for London on the theme of cross-sector working before graduating.
Rethinking Community Engagement launch
30 June 2022
We asked community organisations and built environment practitioners why now is the time to rethink the sector’s approach to community engagement at the launch of this new research programme.
Post-election briefing: What do the local election results mean for London’s future?
15 June 2022
Following London council elections on 5 May, public affairs and local authority leaders shared their insights into the outcome. Read more
FLL30 Proposals for London and graduation
14 June 2022
Candidates presented their Proposals for London on the theme of community engagement before graduating.
Field Trip to LB Waltham Forest: Retrofit, regeneration and collaboration
19 May 2022
Opportunity to hear first-hand how project teams are navigating the complex challenges faced by the housing sector to deliver affordable housing with a visit to the former Marlowe Road Estate. Read the write-up
Night time economy: London’s recovery journey
23 March 2022
London’s night time economy is a hugely important to London’s success. This roundtable explored how we can return to the vibrant activity integral to the capital’s identity as part of London’s post-Covid recovery.
FLL29 Proposals for London and graduation
15 March 2022
Future London Leaders presented their Proposals for London on the theme of heritage and culture before graduating.
Healthy neighbourhoods: working together report launch
3 March 2022
The health crisis cannot be solved by health colleagues alone. Future of London’s Healthy Neighbourhoods: Working together programme highlighted how the built environment and health sectors can work more effectively together.
Report launch: Building recovery recommendations
24 February 2022
As Future of London’s major 2021 programme, Building Recovery: Closing the Gap comes to an end, we invited our network you to join us for the launch of our recommendations report.
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