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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

6 Dec 2017

Abercrombie vs Sadiq’s new draft London Plan

The new draft London Plan shares characteristics with Abercrombie’s 1944 plan, including a desire to create a green capital city providing space for its inhabitants to enjoy healthier living. But while Abercrombie’s ‘top-down’ plan epitomised a ‘golden era’ of planning, it also had the freedom to draw on public spirit and an ‘Ealing Films’ view of the capital – without having to deal with its wide-ranging opinions and requirements.

4 Dec 2017

Sounding board applauds London Plan goal to ‘urbanise the suburbs’

The NLA Sounding Board gave a broad welcome to Sadiq Khan’s new draft London Plan last week as an attempt to ‘urbanise the suburbs’ and positive proof that the GLA was listening to the industry.