Current projects

Our practical research and knowledge-sharing events focus on emerging issues in regeneration, housing, local economy and infrastructure. We produce practical guidance to help urban practitioners navigate the fast pace of change in London. Contact Stephen Passmore with ideas for future topics.

Future of Cities 

How can we prepare for an unknown future when making decisions now about cities? Our research programme looks for inspiration beyond London and asks how built environment professionals can future-proof their projects.  Through a process of inquiry, we will gather ideas and caste studies that suggest ways to respond, adapt and innovate in collaboration with other cities.

Unlocking social value

How are housing and regeneration projects unlocking social value for communities? For the last ten years, public bodies have been required by law to consider the social value of urban development projects. So how is this being done well, and is there evidence of community benefits? Our major programme for 2023/24 will explore how housing and regeneration projects can unlock more social value for communities in London.

Putting Co-production into Practice

Last year we made the case for involving communities in urban development projects. Now we are working with the Open University to develop the tools to put co-production into practice. Putting Co-production into Practice will also develop the evidence base needed to drive this emerging approach to community engagement.

Making the Most… of  What We’ve Got

From changing patterns of urban living after Covid to the climate emergency and funding cuts, the built environment sector needs to deliver under huge pressure. Our Making the Most of… event series asks how placemakers can respond. Topics include retrofit, make better use of public assets, and protecting natural resources.

CityBites

CityBites is a peer-driven podcast with FoL staff, associates and members of the alumni network invite guests from different sectors and roles to share stories, insights and ideas. It draws on FoL’s role as a trusted platform; a track record in intelligent, objective analysis; a broad, mixed-level network; an online audience growing rapidly through webinars and social media; and the capacity to connect diverse groups and ideas.