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

Achieving Net Zero

The transition to a zero carbon London will impact all aspects of urban life: from the design and planning of the homes and neighbourhoods and the infrastructure we build. to the frequency and mode by which we travel, and the commodities and waste we produce. Built environment professionals have a key role to play in leading this transition and this project will explore what this means on the ground, sharing insight, innovation and best practice.

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Learning from Crisis

As we navigate Covid-19 and consider the world we’ll emerge into, Future of London will share intel, strategy and best practice across its multi-media Learning from Crisis programme. We’ll focus on managing now, and how we’ll emerge from crisis.

People, Place and Community

Covid-19 has thrown a spotlight on the power of social and neighbourhood networks. It has changed how we experience both private and public space and, for some, has meant spending a lot more time locally. FoL’s 2020 project will investigate the role that both people and place play in creating community and will explore how London’s built environment sector can help forge and maintain a sense of belonging in new builds and existing neighbourhoods.

City Bites

City Bites 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.

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Paying For Public Projects

Public budgets are shrinking, the EU tap is about to close, and funding sources are changing fast. We need more effective ways to pay for and deliver public projects. Future of London’s 2019 project will review existing and new funding sources, outline implications for each stream, and assess their merits based on real-world experience, expertise and evaluation.