7 Aug 2015

Let the cycling revolution continue - Gilligan

The next London mayor should take forward the city’s ‘unprecedented progress’ made towards better cycling and pedestrian environments. But they must also avoid rushing to ban lorries during rush hour and instead concentrate on rational, evidence-base agendas.

27 Jul 2015

Intelligent densities and vertical communities

London must battle to overcome preconceptions about density that stretch back to slums and overcrowding and look at its sharp population growth as less of a crisis and more of an opportunity to create new housing solutions.
That was one of the key pointers to emerge from a NLA breakfast talk last week co-hosted by SOM.

10 Jul 2015

Oxford Street and Park Lane in sights for overhauls

London must concentrate on balancing the place and movement needs of the capital’s streets, with major work required on Oxford Street to help it cope with even more visitors after Crossrail is up and running.

8 Jul 2015

New London Awards 2015 Winners Announced!

Zaha Hadid and the Black Cultural Archives were honoured today at the New London Awards at an exclusive ceremony in the Guildhall. The annual awards organised and held by New London Architecture celebrates the best designs and developments that have recently completed or are currently underway in the capital.

2 Jul 2015

London remains top draw for international investment

London looks set to remain the most popular location for international investment from across the globe, aided by supportive government bodies and a favourable development environment. But it faces challenges including finding projects large enough to satisfy demand from China and elsewhere, a raft of regulations creating ‘doubt and fear’, connectivity problems and competition from other cities.

1 Jul 2015

Heatherwick hails ‘human scale’ approach

Thomas Heatherwick wowed a packed audience at the NLA’s first annual lecture with a talk that explored projects from his first student structure of ‘twisting glass’, to the Olympic cauldron, to the Garden Bridge – a human-scaled ‘place’ for lingering and looking out across the city.

30 Jun 2015

Reimagining the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy is working hard with David Chipperfield Architects to get more out of its site for visitors and the wider Mayfair public alike, helping to develop the area as a recognised cultural district as well as a luxury shopping one.

29 Jun 2015

BIDs braced for challenges of next decade

BIDs have made a major contribution to London’s physical environment in the ten years since their inception, with a wide variety of services provided to make the capital a cleaner, greener, and more liveable place.

22 Jun 2015

New funding mechanisms needed to feed London’s infrastructure

With a population growth now measured at nine new residents every hour, London must continue to invest in infrastructure across the board to stay globally competitive. And while plans for Crossrail 2 are well advanced, the capital needs new and innovative sources of funding to enable it and schemes like the Bakerloo Line Extension to go ahead.

17 Jun 2015

Good places make money

Building high quality public realm has real, tangible benefits for people’s wellbeing and a city’s liveability – and can bring financial rewards too.