Knowledge

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 Anna Odedun.

“Future of London listens to its members and has its finger on the pulse. Their research themes consistently tap into London’s built environment zeitgeist. The emphasis on outcomes and practical tools stops debate or research straying too far from home.”

Kieron Hyams, Associate Director, Arup

Current projects

Affordable housing: Overcoming crisis through collaboration

London has been in the midst of an affordable housing crisis for decades – and in 2022 the landscape is more complex than ever. This programme will explore how – against a backdrop of urgent and competing priorities – re-evaluating our current approach to collaboration is critical. Through cross-sector dialogue, Future of London will draw out practical ways for those involved in housing, regeneration, infrastructure and economic development to address the critical challenges facing the housing sector in a holistic, viable and sustainable way.

Rethinking community engagement

Great community engagement can transform the built environment, but our Building Recovery project found that three quarters of built environment practitioners don’t think we do community engagement well enough. This project will highlight the community perspective, inviting community champions to sit on panels alongside practitioners. We’ll share what good engagement looks like from the perspective of those who have lived through it, and offer advice on how to earn the trust and support of local people.

Leading through crisis

The pandemic and the current conflict in Europe has thrown a spotlight on leadership; from national to local government, it’s a topic of daily debate. The ability to make the right decisions and instil confidence and connection with both the public and partners is under intense scrutiny – at a time when leaders across the built environment sector are facing unprecedented challenges. This series of three in-person round tables will bring together leaders to debate and share their experiences and approaches to leading well through crisis, change and complexity.

Designing in diversity

From streets to parks and public buildings, this programme will showcase and celebrate places and practitioners that deliver genuinely inclusive spaces. We will pay particular attention to spaces which feel welcoming towards women, children, older people, people of colour, disabled people, the LGBTQI+ community, and the intersections between these groups. Not only will ‘designing in diversity’ help to make existing great work more visible, but it will be a call to action for the sector: we must do more to ensure we are designing inclusive spaces.

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.