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London’s Towns looks at the new wave of development coming forward in London’s zones 3-6 and examine how policy can support London’s growth as a polycentric city. Research examines the opportunity for housing-led, higher density, mixed-use redevelopment of London’s outer town centres; the impact of new transport investments in supporting orbital movement; and the changing relationship between the centre and the suburbs.
London faces increasing challenges in accommodating a growing population, expected to reach over 11 million people by 2050, while commitments to contain the sprawl within the Green Belt prompts questions on how to make better use of the scarce amount of land available.
Recent years have seen a huge growth in the number of tall buildings going into the pipeline, showing that ‘building upwards’ is a response to densification. At the same time, concerns have grown, from both local communities and professionals, over the quality of design of these new towers, as well as on the need to protect London’s rich historic heritage, including questions on where new clusters of tall buildings would be more appropriate.
This study examines the transformation of London’s education and medical sector estate. As the population grows, the capital continues to pioneer new technology and ground-breaking design to deliver enhanced teaching, research and health service facilities for all Londoners.
Knowledge Capital is accompanied by a publication, an exhibition and showcase of London education, innovation and health projects and initiatives, as well a three-month programme of events, including debates, talks and visits.
London: Design Capital
WRK / LDN
New Ideas for Housing
London’s Growing Up!
Planes, Trains and Drains