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.
10 Nov 2017
Justine Simons OBE - London Architecture Diary's November guest editor
This month London Architecture Diary's guest editor is Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries. Justine, a champion of London’s arts and creative industries, gives her top tips for winter arts and architecture activities in London...
7 Nov 2017
Autonomous vehicles and their impact think tank
The advent of connected and autonomous vehicles on London’s streets may still be decades away owing to legal as well as technological issues, but the issue needs policy, regulation and operational considerations if the benefits of the technology can lead to better, healthier, and more attractive streets.
7 Nov 2017
Myanmar Cycle Expedition
This week, NLA Chairman Peter Murray and 11 other cyclists joined architectural aid charity Article 25 on a 500-mile cycle expedition through Myanmar.
3 Nov 2017
The City banks on placemaking as Brexit insurance
The City is confident that measures it is taking to improve its environment to make it a 24-7 proposition for more than just financiers and build on its ‘fundamental advantages’ will insure it against any Brexit fallout.
31 Oct 2017
‘Affordable’ tag needs injection of reality – APPG
London must patch up its relationship with the public over so-called affordable housing by defining its parameters more realistically. But City Hall is aiming to help address quality and the housing shortfall across the capital through more intervention over land assembly, a commitment to tackling supply with new methods of construction across many tenures and a new name-and-shame database on rogue landlords.
31 Oct 2017
Industry urged to think creatively over integrating homes
London must not forget its ‘scruffy places’ and the importance of industrial and jobs as it looks to solve its ‘accommodation crisis’. But it must also heed City Hall advice and do more to provide successful mixed use than a Tesco Metro on the ground floor of housing projects.
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