From changing patterns of urban living after Covid to the climate emergency and funding cuts, the built environment sector needs to deliver under huge pressure. Our Making the Most of… event series asks how placemakers can respond.
Future of London is hosting a series of expert-led seminars exploring how to make the most of what we’ve got. This series provides a space to share concerns and discuss potential responses.
Drawing on multi-stakeholder perspectives, we aim to support the sector to deliver for citizens despite present-day barriers.
Making the Most of… Retrofit
As the demands on our high streets and office spaces are in flux, retrofit has a vital role to play in creating resilient and flexible cities. There’s opportunity for city-wide, repeatable retrofit solutions to prevent local authorities duplicating work and competing for funds.
The case for cutting embodied carbon made national news with the M&S Oxford Street case last year. But when it comes to creating local social value, is demolition ever the answer? The event in January 2024 explored:
- Retrofitting occupied buildings
- Building-in flexibility for different end uses
- Systems opportunities in London
- Planning as a lever to improve retrofit standards
- Gathering and normalising data on existing building stock
A write-up will be published here soon.
Making the Most of… Public Assets
In 2021, we published a report called Better Use of Public Assets that looked at how councils could get more community value from buildings they owned, such as LB Newham’s Expressway building (pictured).
Now we return to the subject with a laser-focus on making the most of public assets and our building stock. Find out how innovative partnerships can drive local and cross-borough social and economic objectives.
We’ll explore topics such as:
- Place-based social and economic value
- Strategic alignment and coordinating asset classes across boroughs
- Smart partnerships, delivery models and the end of Private Finance Initiative contracts
- Better planning for the public estate of the future
Making the Most of… Natural Renewal in our Cities
Nature brings many benefits to those who live in cities. From mitigating the effects of climate change to providing leisure and mental health benefits, nature is a critical contributor to a thriving city.
In our event in late March, we consider topics such as:
- Building for resilience and urban heat islands
- Accessible green spaces and health and wellbeing in the city
- Green corridors and natural ‘stepping stones’ in inner-city areas
- Measuring biodiversity net gain such as pollinator values
- Biomimicry – nature in building design