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.
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...
18 Dec 2017
Old Kent Road must build on its local business base
Old Kent Road is set to ‘pass go’ and collect a new future as it makes the case for a £3.4bn Bakerloo Line Extension to catalyse its regeneration and Opportunity Area status. But it must guard against losing its industry and recognise its diverse economy to embrace what a ‘City for all Londoners advocates.’
14 Dec 2017
Learning Programme update - bringing young people together to shape a better city!
The NLA and The City Centre Learning programme is coming to the end of its first year of full-time delivery. In January we started with our first pilot sessions at NLA and we finish the year with a complete offer up and running across our two sites.
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.
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