Perspectives: Placemaking beyond King’s Cross

If you’re talking placemaking in London, the conversation will inevitably turn to King’s Cross, one of Europe’s largest, longest-running and most widely acclaimed regeneration schemes. Future of London kick-started the field trip element of our 2017 placemaking programme with a visit to King’s Cross in April. The trip had more than 150 … [Read more...]

Spotlight: The Mayor’s Crowdfunding Programme

In our Spotlight series, we cover innovations in regeneration, community engagement, ways of working and more being undertaken by Future of London members. This Spotlight is focused on the Mayor’s Crowdfunding Programme, an initiative managed through the GLA to provide funding to community projects. Background Established in early 2015, the … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Poplar

  Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Poplar on 24th September, with a focus on Chrisp Street market, the UK’s first pedestrianised shopping centre and a landmark in urban design when it opened in 1951. In line with our 2015 anchor regeneration theme, the visit will explore how local markets can … [Read more...]

Delivering estate renewal in the real world

In the face of reduced public funding, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal has become an increasingly important option for meeting housing need across London. This kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it risks perpetuating a cycle … [Read more...]

Localism, two years on

Two years ago today, the Localism Act received Royal Assent.  With it came a suite of reforms across the UK purported to empower both local authorities and the communities they serve, ranging from the New Homes Bonus to the General Power of Competence. In London, localism came with particular significance as Mayoral planning, regeneration and … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Bermondsey

Communities in Transition: Bermondsey field trip, 8 October 2013 Future of London’s Communities in Transition series kicked off on 8th October with a field trip to Bermondsey to learn about the area’s regeneration from those most closely involved in it. We started at the Shortwave Cinema, part of the Bermondsey Square development at the … [Read more...]

London 2062 Comment: Singing the Helplessness Blues

In March and April 2012, Future of London partnered with UCL on a series of seminars entitled London 2062. The aim of the series was to bring the academic and practitioner communities together to discuss how their work could have a positive influence on London’s longer-term future. Here, Simon Cavanagh, one of the current Future London Leaders … [Read more...]

Driving Community Demand for the Green Deal

We held the second in our series on driving demand for the Green Deal in London, focusing on communities. We heard from: Energise Barnet, the CIC working closely with Barnet Council to engage their communities in energy efficiency; EDF energy, on lessons from implementing the London Warm Zone; and the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group and London … [Read more...]

How can Boroughs drive demand for the Green Deal?

Future of London, supported by EDF Energy, are hosting a suite of events addressing the specific challenges boroughs face in implementing the Green Deal and ECO in London. The overarching question driving the events is: How can Boroughs drive demand for the Green Deal? The events will focus on three distinct themes: Borough Challenges - Tuesday 7 … [Read more...]

Update on the Localism Bill – Community Empowerment?

As the Localism Bill makes the final stages of its journey to Royal Assent, Future of London will report on key developments. During the debate in the House of Lords this week, the entire chapter (18 clauses) on referendums has been dropped. The main reasons were the potential costs to, and disempowerment of, local authorities, and the risk of … [Read more...]