New London Architecture

Local London: building resilient neighbourhoods - Report launch


Wednesday 01 December 2021
10:00 - 11:00

Experts look at how we can strengthen London’s polycentricity and ultimately its resilience to future crises.
The variety and diversity of London’s neighbourhoods – its local civic places, especially high streets and town centres, shaped through centuries of development – have played a major role in its success and identity as a world-leading city. These are the places where the social, economic and environmental needs and functions of the city meet and are visible to everyone. But they have been profoundly affected by both long-term trends, particularly the rise of online retailing and changing shopping behaviours, and the devastation of the pandemic, leading to prolonged shutdown of most day-to-day business activity and restrictions on travel for many over the past 18 months.
As we emerge from the pandemic, attention is now targeted on strategies for both recovery and resilience, to understand how best the capital can respond to and manage the effects of both future shocks alongside those of structural global socioeconomic and environmental challenges. 
The NLA research paper “Local London: post-pandemic recovery” investigates London’s flexibility and adaptability, looking ahead to how high streets and town centres are changing to integrate a new mix of uses, enhanced public realm and improved infrastructure. In this event, experts look at how we can strengthen London’s polycentricity and ultimately its resilience to future crises.



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10:00   Welcome from Chair 
             Peter Murray OBE, Curator-in-Chief, NLA 
10:05   Local London – report findings  
             Federico Ortiz, Programme Manager Research, NLA 
10:15   Panel discussion
             Yolande Barnes, Chair, Bartlett Real Estate Institute, UCL 
             Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive, New West End Company
             Louise Duggan, Interim Head of Regeneration, GLA
10:45   Q&A
11:00   End

Speaker biographies

Yolande Barnes

Chair, Bartlett Real Estate Institute

Jace Tyrrell

Chief Executive, Opportunity London

Peter Murray OBE

Co-Founder, NLA

Federico Ortiz

Head of Programme, NLA

Louise Duggan

Interim Head of Regeneration, Greater London Authority



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