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.

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

Station sites a ‘huge opportunity’ for London

The transformation of hundreds of TfL-owned sites across London represents a ‘huge opportunity’ for the capital, according to the man spearheading the initiative.

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.

1 Dec 2017

London’s suburbs set for ‘new renaissance’

London’s outer suburbs could be the setting for a ‘new renaissance’ powered by the new draft London Plan, better, more intensive use of public land and work to move civil servants out of Whitehall.

30 Nov 2017

New York and London – resilient cities

‘Keep calm and carry on’, was one of the takeaway messages from the latest NYLON event – a synchronous discussion between London and New York on ‘comeback cities’ earlier today. Both cities had responded well to major catalytic events in their pasts such as 9/11 and the IRA bombs in the 1990s, and both will succeed with a similar confident outlook in the future.

22 Nov 2017

London’s Towns: visions for a polycentric city revealed at PechaKucha

Architects, engineers, designers and planners gathered at NLA last night to hear innovative ideas and projects in London’s outer town centres, through the Japanese PechaKucha format – with speakers presenting quick-fire ideas across 20 image slides with 20 seconds to describe each.

17 Nov 2017

Hotels harness technology and design to stave off Airbnb

Technology will be a key weapon in hotels’ armoury as they try to fight off challenges from Airbnb and Brexit-affected jobs problems.

13 Nov 2017

Improving London’s digital infrastructure

London’s estates – both old and new – are aiming to present a unified face to try to lift London’s digital infrastructure onto another level. And greater communication and collaboration between the providers and the estates could be an important step in reducing delays and waiting times.