Future of London October 2014 Update
Future of London

October Update – The best kind of problem

Hello all – 
As you may know, FoL is hosting a conference on Delivering Estate Renewal on Nov 6th. The event will bring our cross-sector network together to assess this compelling but difficult approach to housing and regeneration from strategic and front-line perspectives. We hope to see you there – we hope, in fact, that you've already RSVP'd, because we're pretty much at capacity!
The conference is free to attend thanks to a group of new and established supporters, including Lend LeaseGVACountrysideLondon Communications AgencyLovell and Lewis Silkin – and Pollard Thomas Edwards, who we're delighted to say have stepped beyond being great hosts to becoming core sponsors and joining FoL's steering group.
In other happy news, Trust for London â€“ known for its work on poverty and inequality in the Capital – just awarded FoL a three-year, £65k grant to help local authorities improve engagement with private landlords, with a focus on raising housing standards and reducing fuel poverty. The work will link directly to our current programme with EDF Energy.
As noted below, there's lots more happening, including  the 26th Nov Surface Tension event (which still has space!). We're hiring a team admin to help with it all, so if you know anyone who likes a lively pace, let us know.  
Finally, a warm welcome to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as our newest member!
Thanks, and see you out there –
Lisa Taylor

Programme Highlights

London 2050 Infrastructure Plan

London 2050
At our 28th Sept roundtable, Working Beyond Boundaries, senior practitioners explored London's growth in the context of the wider South East – a briefing paper will follow. Our half-day conference, Surface Tension, will look at managing infrastructure projects and integrating them into the public realm (26th Nov – sign up here); and we've got events on infill development and value capture to come.

Engaging the Private Rented Sector

Our first research seminar on engaging private landlords in energy efficiency took place on 2nd October; a second seminar on 23rd October will explore how to engage London's 'invisible' landlords through licensing and accreditation. Both seminars will inform our upcoming report, sponsored by EDF Energy. View presentations from the first seminar on our blog and sign up for the 3rd December launch!

Communities in Transition

Grahame Park
On 8th October, we visited Colindale in LB Barnet as part of our Communities in Transition series. Speakers discussed Barnet's new Open Spaces Strategy, gave updates on the Grahame Park regeneration programme, and discussed the challenges of creating a strong identity for the area in the midst of such rapid change. Read the full report on our website.

Leaders programmes

Drawing exercise
After launching in September, both of our Leaders programmes are well underway. First up for both groups was a new icebreaker session: artist Ilga Leimanis guided candidates through drawing exercises in Old Street and Farringdon, using different techniques and materials to think about the built environment. See some of their efforts on our blog!

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