Spotlight: Is London already a 15-minute city?

The concept of the 15-minute city is gaining popularity within the built environment sector, particularly post-Covid as the pandemic saw many of us spending more time in our local area than ever before. Our latest Spotlight considers the value of the concept in a London context.

A new form of localism?

a new form of localism, playing ping pong

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.

Communities of Practice: High streets

Communities of practice: high streets

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.

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.

Workspace that Works: report launch

On 21 February, Future of London launched our Workspace that Works report, looking at the links between SME workspace provision and regeneration, and what role local authorities can play.