LB Redbridge Chief Exec Andy Donald argues that councils need to redefine their role as leaders of placemaking. At November’s breakfast briefing, he invited alumni to think of councils as conveners: providing a platform to bring stakeholders together and establishing a ‘low floor, high ceiling’ that sets the tone for collaboration and co-production in shaping our neighbourhoods.
City Makers’ Forum
There has never been a more challenging and exciting time to live and work in London. The pace of change is fast and shows no sign of stopping. The capital will need leaders who can manage this shifting and complex landscape. But what will the future challenges be and what kind of leadership is required?
Many of London’s urban leadership programmes are working to equip future leaders with the confidence, skills and knowledge they’ll need. But this is not enough. Urban professionals also need an engaged and diverse network to draw upon.
In response, Future of London and Hatch Regeneris have established a cross-sector, interdisciplinary network that complements existing leadership programmes by building collective resilience and a spirit of collaboration.
Through quarterly events that explore key urban issues with invited guest speakers, this forum will bring together those interested in shaping the future of our cities to share experience and learn from one another.
We want to bring as many of London’s future leaders together as possible. If you’d like to be involved in the forum, contact us.
How do we measure the success of a place when compared to its surrounding neighbourhood or city-wide economy? FoL Alumni and invited guests came together to explore this question and consider how some of London’s most high-profile regeneration projects perform against a more holistic view of placemaking.
Although the UK’s Build to Rent sector has been slow to get going, in Q1 2019 it represented 21% of all residential starts and was scaling at a rate comparable to the student housing boom of the noughties. FoL convened a roundtable to discuss the current landscape and future of Build to Rent. Could it ever become the tenure of choice for Londoners?