13 Feb 2018
London at ‘tipping point’ over housing crisis
London risks becoming a ‘hollowed out’ city just for the wealthy, with the creative ‘buzz’ supplied by young people going with them as they seek more affordable housing elsewhere.
8 Feb 2018
Long-term stewardship makes sound business sense, say Great Estates
Creating vibrant places with good, flexible buildings, cultural attractions, a mix of retail and residential and attractive public realm makes sound business as well as placemaking sense. But it requires a long-term vision and ‘stewardship’ of the kind many of London’s historic estates have employed successfully over centuries.
6 Feb 2018
London Plan must seek public consensus to succeed
Politicians and property professionals must work harder to effectively work together with communities if demanding housing targets are to be met and London is to thrive. This was the key response from over 1,000 professionals, politicians and community groups at the Big Debate, organised by New London Architecture, to discuss the key policies guiding the draft London Plan.
23 Jan 2018
GLA urges innovation to keep London’s makers
The days of the single-storey ‘shed’ may be over for London if the mayor’s push for ‘stacked’ industrial uses and other innovations in the sector make it into reality. The move comes in a bid to both retain more of the city’s crucial ‘support’ workplaces and stimulate more housing and mixed use at the same time.
23 Jan 2018
The future of factory-made housing
What progress have the fabled Modern Methods of Construction made? And just what kind of a difference will modular and other off-site technologies make to London’s housing crisis? A special think tank, held at the offices of Pollard Thomas Edwards this week sought to find out.
5 Jan 2018
Sir Nicholas Kenyon - London Architecture Diary's January 2018 guest editor
This month London Architecture Diary's guest editor is Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of Barbican Centre. Sir Nicholas gives his top tips for winter arts and architecture activities in London...
18 Dec 2017
Old Kent Road must build on its local business base
Old Kent Road is set to ‘pass go’ and collect a new future as it makes the case for a £3.4bn Bakerloo Line Extension to catalyse its regeneration and Opportunity Area status. But it must guard against losing its industry and recognise its diverse economy to embrace what a ‘City for all Londoners advocates.’
14 Dec 2017
Learning Programme update - bringing young people together to shape a better city!
The NLA and The City Centre Learning programme is coming to the end of its first year of full-time delivery. In January we started with our first pilot sessions at NLA and we finish the year with a complete offer up and running across our two sites.
14 Dec 2017
Infrastructure needs holistic, joined up approach
The UK must get better at ‘banging heads together’ across government and beyond to present a unified case for new infrastructure, using innovative funding models. And it must treat water, flood protection, energy and broadband – the country’s ‘invisible infrastructure’ - as of equal importance as transport if London and other cities are to progress on the world stage.
13 Dec 2017
London tall buildings must try harder on design quality
Developers proposing tall buildings in London must concentrate much harder on design quality if they are to enhance a denser capital.
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