29 Apr 2017

Culture club embraces public realm

Cultural buildings across the capital are concentrating not just on rejuvenating and extending their own facilities but also on making high quality additions to the public realm surrounding them. But local authorities in some corners of the capital are finding it hard to maintain their surrounding streets owing to austerity and competing demands on their funds.

28 Apr 2017

Making places - for all Londoners

London must keep up the progress it has made on its placemaking initiatives over the last decades if it is to retain its position as an attractive and liveable world city. But it must guard against creating too many ‘exclusive’ enclaves, look to both indoor and outdoor spaces and give more funds to planners to get there.

21 Apr 2017

TOLO - a tale of two waterfront cities

London can learn from the way in which Toronto is revitalising its waterfront areas through a concerted push towards high density and the creation of walkable environments. But it perhaps needs a single body to look after its full extent – the equivalent of Waterfront Toronto – with a holistic vision that gets over its currently piecemeal approach.

10 Apr 2017

A river runs through it – Lea River Park enters ‘watershed moment’

The Lea River Park is being transformed from an area that has served London’s basic needs on issues like sewage, industry and power, to a different kind of facility – from a private landscape to one of public connections, leisure and regeneration.

5 Apr 2017

Club class

A select group of architects, designers and other luminaries from the built environment sector gathered at the Corsica Studios club in south east London last week to pose some Pecha Kucha ideas to stem London’s loss of clubs, theatres and bars and stimulate the night-time economy.

4 Apr 2017

Tall storeys

The NLA has welcomed news that the GLA is looking at creating a virtual three-dimensional London-wide model to inform developers, architects and communities about the tall buildings they can expect to see. And the new London Plan provides a key moment to commission this. But the city stands on the cusp of a ‘paradigm shift’ in how they can contribute to the housing crisis through providing more rented rather than bought apartments.

4 Apr 2017

The business case for diversity

Last Wednesday saw the inaugural Inspiring Women Working Group meet to discuss ideas about NLA’s Inspiring Women programme, what support women across the NLA network need and how NLA and its members and partners can work together to deliver this.

4 Apr 2017

Offsite manufacturing hailed as part of housing solution

Central government and City Hall have laid the ‘building blocks’ to address the housing crisis, with funding and guidance as part of its ‘no silver bullet’ approach. But any momentum on the benefits that might arise from modern methods of construction may be affected by a drop off in labour as Brexit uncertainties are causing many of the younger, migrant workforce to leave these shores.