Ageing Cities: health and the built environment

Healthy placemaking is an essential part of delivering age-friendly cities, but it requires robust cross-sector collaboration. Planning can improve public health by promoting active travel, enhancing air quality, delivering and protecting open space. Social isolation, a key issue for our ageing population, can be reduced by supporting social … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Infrastructure

As London grows, its infrastructure is coming under increasing strain. New infrastructure is needed to help deliver homes, move people around and improve the environment, and in a context of rapid change, up-to-date information is vital for making informed decisions about large-scale investment. Speakers at FoL's 28 Sept Smarter Cities workshop … [Read more...]

All-Network Highlights from City Hall

Future of London issued a call to action on future leadership and celebrated the #DiversityPledgeLDN at our second all-network meet-up at City Hall. The 25th Sept event marked the first anniversary of the Diversity Pledge, which over 100 entities have now joined, representing thousands of member organisations and individuals. It was also a … [Read more...]

New programme: Ageing Cities

As the fastest-growing demographic in the capital, older people will have a huge impact on the future of London. By 2035, the number of over-60s in London is expected to increase to almost two million; a 48% jump. The number of over-80s is set to rise by 70%. The built environment has a huge impact on the experience of ageing, affecting those who … [Read more...]

28 June placemaking conference

Our 2017 placemaking programme is in full swing: we’ve held a debate, roundtable and workshop; several field trips across London; and our 28 June conference, our largest event to  date. The full-day conference, sponsored by Countryside Properties, Lendlease, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Arup and Regeneris, looked at the value of … [Read more...]

Delivering local transport schemes

While a significant amount of major transport infrastructure is planned for London, local-level transport projects are integral for supporting these larger schemes as well as encouraging more Londoners to walk, cycle and enjoy healthier lives. Through a panel of speakers and a workshop, the final event in our Priorities for Transport in a Growing … [Read more...]

Delivering major transport schemes in London

As London’s population climbs towards 10 million, transportation infrastructure must be upgraded and expanded to meet demand. These major infrastructure schemes are about more than moving people around; they present opportunities to unlock new housing, boost employment, facilitate regeneration and contribute to placemaking. Through a panel of … [Read more...]

The future of transport: challenges and opportunities

In October, the GLA published A City for All Londoners, setting out London’s top challenges and opportunities throughout key policy areas. The new Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) will build on this document and determine London’s transport priorities for the next 25 years, ensuring integration of transport with spatial and economic development, … [Read more...]

Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change – report launch

Climate change risk is often knocked down the priority list by seemingly more pressing needs. But costs of inaction can be staggering: in London, ageing infrastructure and buildings already struggle to cope with relatively minor heat waves and rainfall, and climate change is set to increase their frequency, as well as the probability of … [Read more...]

Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying key

Future of London’s second cross-sector Brexit briefing was understandably more sobering than our first, on 15th July. As keynote Tony Travers said both times, early impacts were not as dire as expected – in part because, as Bilfinger GVA’s Gerry Hughes noted, Brexit is not a debt-led crisis like 2008, and because, as both Travers and … [Read more...]