Spotlights

Our Spotlights draw attention to new or innovative initiatives from Future of London members on issues such as diversity, health, planning, community engagement, and more. Spotlights offer insight into different ways of working as well as lessons for other organisations.

If you’re a Future of London member with an interesting project to share, get in touch with Amanda Robinson. See our recent Spotlights below for inspiration.

Planning ahead: Delivering design-led pre-applications

Drawing on research carried out for Public Practice during a year-long placement in LB Havering, Rachel Hearn reflects on the role pre-apps can play in securing good design, the challenges local authorities and applicants face when it comes to pre-apps, and how these services could be improved for all.

Spotlight: Mapping the future of London

Spotlight by Leaders Plus alumna Rebecca Lee of PTE, whose growing obsession with better, more collaborative digital mapping led her and FoL’s Lisa Taylor to organise the 9th Dec #MapLondon conference.

Spotlight: Women East

Our latest Spotlight is a guest post from Poplar HARCA’s Nicola Rushton. Inspired by the suffragette centenary, Nicola started Women East in Stroudley Walk, Bow, where Sylvia Pankhurst gave her…

Accessible London – finding the way to a more equitable city

Disability affects more than 13m UK citizens – up to 98% check location info before visiting a new place, and 76% have avoided a place specifically because they can’t find accessibility information. South Bank BID and AccessAble are changing that in a key London area and are spreading the word.

Responsible Procurement: The SME Challenge

A combination of small practices with small, complex sites should be an obvious marriage of opportunity and resource for local authorities, but significant challenges remain. To help, Future of London convened a roundtable with senior representatives from boroughs and SME architectural practices to explore the potential benefits and barriers to working together.

Local trusts: helping them help Londoners

Providing community services, space and connections is getting tougher. Historically the domain of churches and temples and technically a council responsibility, this key element of local support relies on vulnerable funding – and lots of good will. Local trusts have been delivering that support for decades, and it may be time for them to play a bigger role.

London Development Database

Spotlight: Improving London-wide planning data

Our latest Spotlight is a guest post from authors Molly Strauss, Principal Policy and Programme Officer – Growth and Infrastructure; Peter Kemp, Planning Change Manager; and Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital…

Solving Severance: Start with the people affected

Finding effective ways to address how roads, railways, and other infrastructure slice through communities first requires analysis of where and how those barriers actually affect people’s lives. Integrated Urban Analysis and User-Focused Design are two ways of understanding impacts.

A Tale of Two Wembleys

This Placemaking Collective visit to the rapidly changing Wembley area started to answer some of the questions about Wembley & the Olympic Way raised in FoL’s 2015 ‘Communities in Transition’ field trip. Find out more about Brent and Quintain’s ambitions…

You can read older spotlights here.