28 Feb 2018

Zero-carbon London not ‘just possible but necessary’, say industry experts

Shirley Rodirgues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, was joined by industry experts to kick-off the first event as part of the new NLA Sustainability Programme. The PechaKucha called for visions of London ar 2050 – a zero-carbon, greener city, that respects the environment as well as the wellbeing of communities.

28 Feb 2018

Don’t Move, Improve! Design Surgeries

Londoners descended on NLA on Saturday 24 February to hear free expert advice on how to improve their own homes – with key recommendations stressing the importance of dialogue between client and architect, engaging contractors early on to design out any unexpected issues in terms of costs or materials, and above all else demanding good design. A series of free consultations with over 20 architects, engineers, surveyors and interior designers provided a myriad of inspirational advice, alongside a packed family programme.

23 Feb 2018

Crossrail - London’s ‘catalyst’

Crossrail represents a catalyst to respond to some of London’s congestion challenges, increasing capacity by 10% through carrying 200 million passengers a year and adding to London’s ‘bottom line’ with homes, offices and shops in the process.

14 Feb 2018

Diversity pays dividends, declare designers

Achieving greater diversity in the workplace results in a happier, more rounded workforce, but also pays dividends on the bottom line. However, the architecture and related professions must try harder to be more representative of the city they work in – in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability.

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...