24 May 2017

Embrace heritage and avoid homogeneity, London told

London should recognise the importance its rich built heritage and character brings socially, environmentally and financially and avoid lapsing into the ‘homogenisation’ affecting other world cities.

19 May 2017

GLA throws weight behind markets push

The GLA is putting its weight behind London’s markets in a series of initiatives that recognise their important place in the capital.

17 May 2017

Stay open for international design business, Arup’s Frost urges

Arup’s head of global cities Jerome Frost made a plea for London to retain its openness and an ‘outward looking mentality’ as he launched NLA’s latest show and event series: London: Design Capital on Tuesday night.

16 May 2017

London risks losing its crown as the global capital for design and construction skills, says report

A new study from New London Architecture (NLA), the capital’s centre for the built environment, has revealed the international scale of London’s built environment professions and warns of the dangers the sector faces as the government negotiates the UK’s exit from the EU. The report sets out a series of key recommendations for the UK Government and Greater London Authority (GLA) to ensure resilience in the sector.

10 May 2017

London and New York face up to population pressures

London and New York are facing similar pressures to build housing for their fast-growing populations. But while the UK capital must concentrate on becoming ‘cleverer’ about intensification and developing out brownfield land, the latter should improve its transport infrastructure to ease its ‘affordability crisis.’

29 Apr 2017

Culture club embraces public realm

Cultural buildings across the capital are concentrating not just on rejuvenating and extending their own facilities but also on making high quality additions to the public realm surrounding them. But local authorities in some corners of the capital are finding it hard to maintain their surrounding streets owing to austerity and competing demands on their funds.

28 Apr 2017

Making places - for all Londoners

London must keep up the progress it has made on its placemaking initiatives over the last decades if it is to retain its position as an attractive and liveable world city. But it must guard against creating too many ‘exclusive’ enclaves, look to both indoor and outdoor spaces and give more funds to planners to get there.

21 Apr 2017

TOLO - a tale of two waterfront cities

London can learn from the way in which Toronto is revitalising its waterfront areas through a concerted push towards high density and the creation of walkable environments. But it perhaps needs a single body to look after its full extent – the equivalent of Waterfront Toronto – with a holistic vision that gets over its currently piecemeal approach.

10 Apr 2017

A river runs through it – Lea River Park enters ‘watershed moment’

The Lea River Park is being transformed from an area that has served London’s basic needs on issues like sewage, industry and power, to a different kind of facility – from a private landscape to one of public connections, leisure and regeneration.

5 Apr 2017

Club class

A select group of architects, designers and other luminaries from the built environment sector gathered at the Corsica Studios club in south east London last week to pose some Pecha Kucha ideas to stem London’s loss of clubs, theatres and bars and stimulate the night-time economy.