FoL’s report celebrates London’s sustainability milestones but examines what more the built environment sector, as a contributor of 40% of the UK’s carbon footprint, needs to do to support built environment sector change and encourage community participation in achieving net zero in the wake of Brexit and Covid-19.
Learning from Crisis
As we navigate the Covid-19 “new normal” and consider the world we’ll emerge into, Future of London is here to share support, intel, strategy and best practice across a multi-media programme, Learning from Crisis, across two interlinked aspects:
Managing now: Approaches to the overwhelming challenges FoL’s network has faced, including the impressive and inspirational responses from individuals and organisations.
Emerging from Crisis: Society is at a critical junction – how we live, work, move, teach, govern, fund, build and provide care are all up in the air. How do we make sure we get it right?
- Politics, policy & fiscal approach
- Economy, from macro and regional drivers to local actions & impacts across sectors
- How we work – workspace and home design, commuting, connectivity and the value of work
- Environment – FoL’s Achieving Net Zero work; public space, movement & logistics
- Homebuilding’s new normal: Cross-sector action & issues including planning, investment & supply chain, as well as FoL’s Council-Led Housing Forum, open to councils across the country
- Society – work-life balance, equality, health, culture, privacy and engagement
- Delivery – tied to the above, and across all sectors & communities
Content to date
Empowering residents and increasing equality and inclusion can boost community cohesion – as well as keep communities resilient in tough times. In this case study of Grahame Park in Barnet, we explore the benefits of investment in community development programmes, and how they’ve flexed in lockdown.
We’re once again under national lockdown restrictions and mostly living, working and playing within our local areas. This behaviour could be a short-term reaction to the new measures except there is now growing evidence of longer-term trends and an emerging form of localism. An alumni-led discussion, chaired by FoL board member Lucy Webb, explored how city makers should respond.
The public sector is facing a huge a challenge to accelerate homebuilding under extraordinary circumstances. But there are financial mechanisms from government available, planning reform in consultation, an appetite for collaboration and widespread public support for more homes. So how can the sector pull together against the odds? Featured image credit: BPTW
In the second webinar of our Achieving Net Zero Digital Conference Week, we reflected on how the public and private sectors can work together to fund the transition to a zero carbon built environment sector, and how we can make sure that the benefits and burdens of funding net zero are spread equally amongst all communities?
In the first webinar of our Achieving Net Zero Digital Conference Week, we explored what the public and private sectors can do to embed holistic Net Zero thinking and drive behaviour change. This is a summary of some of the key themes and practical examples that emerged from our panel discussions and audience Q&A.
Throughout the pandemic, parks have provided respite from cabin fever and safe places to meet family and friends. Whilst Covid demonstrates the value of green space for everybody, it also highlights inequalities. This webinar explored barriers experienced by people from different backgrounds and how the sector can do better.
The future of high streets and town centres is not a new topic, but one that has certainly been brought into much sharper focus in recent months because of Covid-19. Adding to longstanding questions over the future of bricks and mortar retail and how this impacts high street footfall, uncertainty resulting from lockdown, social distancing, changes to working patterns and planning system reform are now thrown into the mix.
This City Makers’ Forum invited cross-sector speakers working at the frontline of London’s recovery response to assess London’s ambitions for a green recovery. Can we capitalise on this opportunity, and pull together to leverage public support and political will, to ultimately deliver a recovery that is fair and equitable for all?