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This research seeks to investigate the impact and opportunity of technology and new mobility in London, looking at how multiple technological developments and new strategies help to promote new street-based mobility solutions, that are also multi-modal, socially inclusive, accessible and environmentally sustainable.
London is at a critical juncture in its policy and design to reimagine how we use the street which may require us to understand how we want to use the limited space to communicate and prioritise the city’s true values.
The research will be carried out over a period of six months, with a formal launch taking place in Autumn 2019 including a Private View, publication, exhibition and series of focused events...read more
London's Retail: exploring what works
Retail remains the single largest private sector employer in the UK, with one in 10 people working in retail, and annual sales totalling £358bn.
From world-leading shopping street destinations, to neighbourhood high streets, markets, town centres and meanwhile spaces, London encompasses a diverse spectrum of retail environments. With the rise of rents, online retailing, new technologies and changing consumer expectations, London’s retail landscape is evolving fast to meet new demands. In anticipation of these shifts, how can the built environment sector adapt successfully for the future of retail in London?
With a pipeline of over 500 tall buildings either in planning, approved or under construction, as revealed by the 2018 NLA London Tall Buildings Survey, London is expected to see more of these clusters built over the next decade.
The NLA Annual Tall Buildings Survey 2019, an annual report that analyses the tall buildings pipeline in London, will launch in Spring 2019. The report will be accompanied by a two-month public exhibition, showcasing the most recent tall buildings in London, and will form the backdrop to a supporting programme of events, including conferences, talks, debates and building visits.
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 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.
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: Design Capital
WRK / LDN
New Ideas for Housing
London’s Growing Up!
Planes, Trains and Drains