CONFERENCE | Overcoming London’s Barriers

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As the capital runs out of easy places to build, remaining sites are often in neighbourhoods divided by roads, railways, waterways and other infrastructure or straddling neglected or contentious administrative borders. Development can bring its own challenges, marked out by red lines that can inflate land values and divide existing and new residents.

The impact of these barriers is significant. Lack of access to work, shops, schools and services can affect local economies, social connections, and physical and mental health. It is often vulnerable people who are most at risk.

Future of London’s full-day conference on 21 June brought together our cross-sector network to share practical approaches to overcoming the impacts of these barriers – approaches which can be applied individually or strategically across any city. The conference is part of our wider 2018 theme on Overcoming London’s Barriers.

The day kicked off with a strategic look at what these barriers cost the city, at solutions being rolled out across London at all scales, and at how other European cities are tackling these issues. Breakouts included seminars on data and evaluation, public health implications and approaches, community-driven solutions, interactive workshops on Old Oak and Royal Docks, and ambitious proposals from FoL’s Leaders and University of Bath architecture students.

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Overcoming London’s Barriers

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Speakers and Chairs

In keeping with FoL’s effort to help diversify urban debate, we mix recognised experts with fresh voices, for a lively combination of strategic nous and front-line experience. This year’s speakers and chairs included:

Lynne Miles (Keynote), Integrated City Planning Associate Director, Arup
Prof. Tony Travers (Keynote), Director, LSE London
Dr. Paulo Anciaes, Research Associate, UCL Centre for Transport Studies
Phil Askew, Head of Placemaking and Landscape, Peabody
Paul Augarde,
Head of Placemaking, Poplar HARCA
Andy Bates,
 Executive Manager, Leathermarket JMB
Juliet Can, Director, Stour Space
Heather Cheesbrough, Director, Planning & Strategic Transport, LB Croydon
Ben Coles, Director of Communities & Environmental Services, Groundwork
Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director (London), Public Health England
Lyn Garner, Chief Executive, LLDC & Chair, Future of London
Paul Goulden, Chief Executive, Age UK London
Amanda Gregor, Urban Designer, Witteveen+Bos/Volunteer, Peckham Coal Line
Dave Hill, OnLondon
Hasanul Hoque, Operations Director, Camden Town Unlimited
Gareth James, Senior Transport Project Officer, LB Hounslow
Alex Jeremy, Head of Partnerships, Poplar HARCA
Martina Juvara
, Director, Urban Silence
Stuart Kirkwood, Development Director, Network Rail

Rebecca Lee, Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Catherine Max, Catherine Max Consulting
Claire O’Brien, Assistant Director of Planning, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
Ed Parham, Director, Space Syntax
Tricia Patel, Equity Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Dr. Philipp Rode
, Executive Director, LSE Cities
Akil & Seth Scafe-Smith, Founder and Project Leader, Resolve Collective
Lisa Taylor, Chief Executive, Future of London
Dr Sara Tilley, Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
Adrian Tooth & Jack Adams, London Bridge Station project team, WSP
Justinien Tribillon, Independent Consultant
Jeannette Veldkamp,
Associate Director, Chapman Taylor
Yohanna Weber, Partner, FieldFisher & Chair of PlanningOut
Jon Woolfson, Grange Big Local