6 Jun 2018

Future Retail

‘We need to stop looking at retail as just places that sell things.’ The way we use retail is having a visible impact on the city, from the different typology of spaces incorporating flexible working, cafés and shopping in one space, to the increasing numbers of gyms taking up retail spaces on high streets, and so the industry needs to rethink its approach to creating successful environments. Chaired by Gardiner & Theobald’s Katie Metcalf, this lively exchange of ideas focused on how we can create retail spaces that enliven the consumer experience beyond just products, and de-risk physical shops for a sector in flux.

6 Jun 2018

New York and London respond to homelessness

Architects and designers in New York and London are responding to the homelessness crisis by creating shelters which treat their occupants with more dignity, provide more services and help them get back on track by focusing on their strengths rather than their problems. But the issue has become one where structural problems – notably government policies and a lack of affordability in housing – have overtaken behavioral drivers like drug or alcohol dependency as the reason why many find themselves on the streets in the first place.

6 Jun 2018

Press Release - London’s best building designs revealed in the 2018 New London Awards shortlist

Over 150 projects have been shortlisted as London’s best and most innovative projects for the prestigious New London Architecture (NLA) New London Awards, supported by the Mayor of London. A key criterion for selection, which differentiates these from other awards, is that projects must make a real contribution to the capital's wider social and economic wellbeing.

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

The Cambridge to Oxford Connection

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

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!

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.