New London Architecture


Championing good places for all

During the coronavirus pandemic, access to parks and pedestrian-friendly public spaces has proven to be vital to cities around the world. With global population on the rise and cities becoming denser, this has been a central aspect of urban living and planning even before lockdown. What will public realm and placemaking look like in post-lockdown London? What can we learn from this unprecedented moment in order to plan for the future? 

With public and private stakeholders seeking to create financially sustainable and socially engaging places, what is the key to successful placemaking? How can improved collaborative working between local authorities, BIDs and businesses improve traffic management, delivery consolidation and future digital infrastructure, to create better streets and public spaces? 

This year-round programme explores the creation of successful places for the capital, including the role of culture and heritage, waterside regeneration, community engagement and inclusive design to create places that work for all Londoners. NLA’s Placemaking & Public Realm programme explores the role of professionals, policy-makers and users in creating high-quality places and active public spaces.

  • Places for all - championing good design in public realm
  • Accessibility to and management of public spaces 
  • London’s Great Estates supporting London’s growth  
  • Designing places for all – technical briefing
  • Permission to play, shared space in public/private realm

  • The Royal Docks: Equalising opportunity in Public Space, 15 July 2020
  • Placemaking & Public Realm Expert Panel, 2021

2015 – Public London: 10 years of transforming spaces
2013 – Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city
2008 – Waterfront London – Rediscovering the rivers and canals of the capital
2007 – Public City
2006 – The Great Estates 
2005 – Civilising Spaces: Improving public realm


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