Focusing on current and emerging issues, FoL produces practical guidance to help urban practitioners navigate the fast pace of change in London, with a focus on regeneration, housing, local economy and infrastructure. Our extensive networks are integral to this, contributing knowledge and experience through events, field trips and case studies.
We are open to project ideas from members, partners and alumni. If there’s a topic you’d like to explore with Future of London, contact Amanda Robinson.
Future of London’s major 2018 project will address two types of barriers: physical severance such as road-, rail- and waterways, and artificial boundaries such as borough borders and the ‘red lines’ that delineate estates or opportunity areas. We’ll explore how impacts are assessed, showcase effective solutions, and create practical recommendations. Read more here.
Future of London’s Smarter Cities project is helping London’s regeneration and built environment professionals navigate the hype of ‘smart city’ technology to take practical steps towards setting up and managing projects which respond to their short-, medium- and long-term priorities. Read more here.
Commissioned by GVA as part of their work on land value increases around Crossrail stations, Future of London interviewed local authorities, housing associations, and business improvement districts to understand the qualitative impact as Crossrail nears completion. Read more here.
Future of London’s major 2017 programme set out to understand how different stakeholders value the impacts of placemaking and how to foster greater common among their views. Over the year, we brought together over 500 cross-sector individuals through field trips, workshops, roundtables, and a conference and developed a set of guiding principles for built environment professionals doing placemaking schemes. Read more here.
This FoL/GVA project takes stock of the housing delivery models councils and the GLA family are using; estimates how many homes and how much affordable housing those are producing; and explores how to share skills and knowledge better, to make the most of these emerging models. Read more here.
Demand for flexible, affordable workspace – including offices, studios, manufacturing, and incubator/accelerator spaces – is increasing. This year-long project gathered insight and best practice for public and private sector organisations seeking to establish workspace in London. Read more here.
With London’s housing market in an era of chronic undersupply, both public and private sectors are welcoming build to rent: housing designed and managed specifically for private renters. This project provided an overview of the evolving policy landscape and burgeoning development activity in London. Read more here.
London’s population growth adds pressure to the transportation network, much of which is nearing capacity. This series of seminars and workshops in autumn 2016 highlighted policy and delivery issues relating to large-, mid-, and small-scale transport schemes ahead of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy being published. Read more here.
Climate change-related events can cause significant damage to a infrastructure, not to mention astronomical repair bills. In London, surface water flooding, overheating, and drought are looming threats, but awareness and ownership of these issues is lacking. Managing London’s Exposure highlights how stakeholders can work together to mitigate and adapt to climate change, avoiding hefty costs and disruption. Read more here.
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have become key players in the liveability of this complex city, funding local employment schemes, improving the public realm, and influencing planning and regeneration. This growing influence means BIDs must be accountable and navigate changing relationships – political, contractual and operational. Our BIDs report charts that path with a focus on high street and town centre BIDs. Read more here.