Achieving zero carbon homes

achieving net zero developments, goldsmith street

Guest blog post from Sarah Birt on how cities will deliver on their climate emergency declarations through achieving zero carbon developments. New housing developments, in particular, are under pressure to balance ‘net zero’ with affordability and project viability, which is easier said than done.

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.