Building recovery case study: Belfast Urban Childhoods

35% of Belfast’s population is aged 25 or under. With support from the Resilient Cities Network (previously 100 Resilient Cities), Arup’s award-winning Belfast Urban Childhoods Masterplan was created with and for Belfast City Council to support their aspirations to make the city centre attractive for families and young people. The Masterplan – winner of the Landscape Institute Awards 2020 ‘Excellence in … Read more

#LearningFromCrisis: Creating better use of public assets

Hackney Wick. #LearningFromCrisis: Creating better use of public assets

Many public-sector organisations tend to focus on the short term when developing property asset strategies. Increasing financial pressure forces them to prioritise a quick sale or lease at market rates over the long-term social and economic value these assets could generate. Yet maximising public asset value can be a vital … Read more

Net zero is not enough

As part of London Climate Action Week, on Wednesday 18 November, Future of London looked beyond net zero. We discussed the roles of green infrastructure and regenerative architecture, the importance of tackling both health inequalities and environmental inequalities, and how we can better involve local communities and better collaborate across sectors.

Community, connection and Covid-19: how community hubs support cohesion and collaboration in tough times

Musicians perform outdoor concert to the community

Community hubs are an important element of social infrastructure, but, as physical meeting spaces, they have experienced huge challenges during the pandemic. Using Acton Gardens Community Centre as a case study, we reflect on the role of community hubs in typical times’, and ask how they can continue to support communities as we navigate the ‘new normal’.