Mentee blog: Philippa Bancroft

Philippa Bancroft – Senior Manager, Public Land at the Greater London Authority – is the next in our mentor/mentee blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring and its impact on alumni.

Albert Island: Revitalising industry

Albert island: revitalising industry

Guest post by Mandar Puranik, Area Renewal and Regeneration Programme Manager at LB Sutton and FoL Alumni Rep on how East London’s Albert Island could be a model for revitalising industry in urban brownfield sites across the UK.

Culture and community-led recovery

culture and community-led recovery

Alumni Rep and LB Lambeth’s Head of High Streets Laura Davy writes about the importance of supporting local community-led culture and its role in our recovery from Covid in this guest blog post.

Spotlight: Can data save the high street?

A new data service from the GLA seeks to transform the way we use data to make the most of our high streets and town centre. We take a look at how access to good and affordable data can help our communities, and how the GLA is paving the way for a data-led recovery.

Council-Led Housing Forum – How apprenticeships can help build recovery

In the context of building recovery, councils are looking at how to create more opportunities for under-presented groups to get involved in housing delivery. Future of London’s Council-Led Housing Forum held a roundtable on Apprenticeships and Traineeships, exploring how apprenticeships are an effective way of diversifying development management teams and helping councils recover from the pandemic.

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.

#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

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.

Alumni Communities of Practice: Maker spaces

Alumni communities of practice forum - maker spaces, SPACE ilford 2x1

Many artists have fallen through the gaps of government financial support during lockdown and sustaining access to affordable studio space and peer support networks has been vital to their survival. Alumni Rep Sarah Birt explores why in this guest post.

Spotlight: Creative community engagement with young people

Children and adults climb on installlation in a gallery

The GLA is calling for more creative and flexible engagement with young people, often overlooked in planning consultations. In this Spotlight, RESOLVE Collective’s Seth & Akil Scafe-Smith share their creative approach and discuss the need for more resilient communities post-Covid.