29 May 2018

Factory-made housing – ensuring quality

Factory-made housing represents a major opportunity to bring about a quality revolution, even if it is not the only answer to the entire housing crisis. But it needs new players, capacity, and collaboration, and must be harnessed in a way that does not give way to systemic errors or bland homogeneity.

29 May 2018

Communities hold the key for smaller housing sites

Londoners are getting more demanding about not just the percentage of affordable homes in proposed developments, but also the types, the viability plan and the general definition of what constitutes ‘affordable’ anyway. But the industry needs to get better at showing what growth looks like to get communities on side, and not be too concerned with the ‘numbers game’ if it is detrimental to quality.

23 May 2018

Crossrail 2 threat from London elections

Crossrail 2 could become an unlikely casualty of London’s local elections, the New London Sounding Board claimed this week in a session which also included updates on the NPPF and the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

15 May 2018

NLA BIG QUIZ raises £5.7k for Club Peleton!

Our BIG QUIZ took over the NLA galleries last week and BIG it was!

15 May 2018

The Cambridge to Oxford Connection

Over 60 people gathered in the NLA galleries for a lunchtime talk exploring the VeloCity vision.

11 May 2018

Knowledge capital must concentrate on clustering and collaboration

London’s health and education organisations are redeveloping their estates to concentrate more on clustering, collaborating, and improved public realm in a bid to further enhance the capital’s position and fight off growing competition from the far east. But in a survey conducted by the NLA, a lack of affordable housing for workers emerged as the main challenge to the growth of London’s knowledge economy.
Those were the main messages from Knowledge Capital: London’s health and education estates yesterday morning.

4 May 2018

Sir Malcolm Grant hails ‘fabulous’ Knowledge Capital show

NHS England chair Sir Malcolm Grant hailed the NLA’s new ‘Knowledge Capital’ exhibition as a ‘fabulous’ and ‘stunning’ physical manifestation of what his organisation is doing structurally and conceptually through the universities and healthcare system as he opened the show last night.

1 May 2018

Going up - APPG debates role of tall buildings

London’s next generation of tall buildings must pay greater attention to the user experience, maximise associated social housing and create schemes that give the maximum back to the city, planned within more strategic masterplans.

30 Apr 2018

Women’s Literacy and Healthcare Centre in Bangladesh Lunchtime Talk

For two months visitors to NLA’s galleries have been able to explore a project in rural Bangladesh which aims to address social and gender inequality, and on Friday we heard more about the experience from the project’s mastermind, Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows, in an NLA lunchtime talk.

27 Apr 2018

Tall buildings - How many is too many?

The pros and cons of creating the next generation of tall buildings were given a thorough airing at the NLA this morning, with exponents and opponents putting their cases for the pipeline of over 500 on their way for London. But as one questioner to the panel pointed out, the cost of land and building tall meant that affordability to most Londoners was simply impossible.