Other contributors such as Will Sandy, Associate, McGregor Coxall pointed to the need to break down siloes and the ‘ego-driven nature of the industry’ while engaging communities more, while Nancy Elgarf, Associate Director, G&T suggested industry needed to be more adaptable, Jaffer Muljiani, Sustainability Consultant, BDP urging for strong local and city leadership driving public good ‘as the best of us’. Jay Allan, Account Director, LCA meanwhile said the items on the ‘visionary’ document’s checklist were interconnected but that the 15 minute city was an important, if difficult to realise, concept and Josephine Neill Part Two Architectural Assistant, Ibi Group suggested that building a healthy city should remain a top concern, with London perhaps emerging as leaders in public health rather than public healthcare.
The group – whose work and views will feed into the New London Sounding Board in its next phase - were also asked to talk about their individual aspirations. These included working with local communities more, creating opportunities for others, continuing personal education courses including on sustainable issues, teaching, working to make places which are equitable, inclusive and equal, allowing diverse voices to be heard, working with reverse mentoring and other methods – and ensuring that ‘fun’ is not forgotten. ‘If we’re not smiling every day’, said Will Sandy, ‘then what’s the point? Let’s keep smiling and being positive’.