Smarter Cities: Housing

There's no shortage of Smart Home devices out there, from voice assistants to smart meters and system controls for heating, lighting and security. So far, these tend to be marketed to consumers and installed ad hoc; at FoL's 8 February workshop, we explored the potential for smart housing at scale and looked at what role the public sector might … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Crossrail impact tops predictions; more to come

Borough input emphasises planning, placemaking, leadership Crossrail’s potential is just coming to the fore, according to a GVA report produced with input from Future of London. The Elizabeth line, a.k.a. Crossrail, will bring new rail service to stations in 12 London boroughs, linking Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east to Heathrow in the … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Housing workshop

  Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us as we continue our Smarter … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders 16: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 16 wrapped on 13th September with ‘Proposals for London’ about Ageing Cities, tying in with our new programme. The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. The event was kindly hosted by GVA. In addition to leadership skills … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models – Press release

With no major help coming in the Autumn Budget, the London housing industry – public, private and third sector – is getting on with business, with nearly 180,000 homes in the pipeline through local government models alone. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called this “the most anti-London Budget for a generation”, with lack of support for affordable … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Direction

A cross-sector approach – including communities – is the only way to make the most of the housing delivery models now available Housing demand is huge, the mechanisms to build it exist, and there is investment in search of projects. So how do we get delivery moving? Land value and slow land release are underlying challenges, but two years of … [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...]

Housing Delivery Models: Delivery

Creative approaches marked second Delivery Models roundtable Delivery was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s second roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Oak Foundation, and hosted by Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Investment and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

All-Network Highlights from City Hall

Take the Speaker Diversity Pledge here & join London’s top organisations! 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, … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Investment

Sector leaders call for London debt-and-equity fund & investment education for councils Investment was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s first roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Delivery and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]