Bright new future for combined Catapults
Future Cities and Transport Systems Catapults have united to form Connected Places Catapult. The new Catapult, which came into being on April 1st, combines the strengths and knowledge of the former Catapults to create new opportunities, building on the innovative programme of projects around the digital built environment and the future of mobility.
Car parking in cities: immobility and infrastructure
Cars provide us with flexible mobility, freedom, comfort and experience of progress. But these aspects of automobility are based on cars in movement – a partial picture which misses the fact that usually they remain stationary. As such, they are problematic for drivers, create obstacles for people in public places and have to be managed, often at a great cost, as they take up large portion of urban space.
We need ambition and innovation to tackle London’s housing crisis
Londoners need more genuinely affordable homes as quickly as possible. In this Future of Housing guest blog, James Murray, London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, highlights the ways in which the Greater London Authority is encouraging the development of new homes through innovative means in order to meet growing demand.
Systems-thinking and housing
As part of our Future of Housing blog series, Ken Gibb, Director of UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, seeks to apply systems-thinking and, in particular, complexity theory to the housing system and to ideas and innovations that seek to transform housing for social, economic and environmental reasons.
Building a 21st century digital planning system: A quick start guide
Much has happened in the three years since we first started looking at how digital technology might improve the planning system. Here's a tastier of how far we've come and what to look out for in the future.
Housebuilders and barriers to modern construction methods
London’s largest housing associations have committed to building as many as 180,000 homes nationwide by 2025. In this Future of Housing guest blog, Charles Glover-Short, Corporate Research at Optivo Housing, explains how modern methods of construction can help meet this target, highlights what the methods are and why the industry should be pressing for their implementation more widely.
Join the Future of Planning on Slack
We’ve set up a public Slack collaboration workspace dedicated to the digitisation of planning – from standards, to events and tools – and a great platform for an online PlanTech community. Feel free to join in the conversation...
It’s time to build homes fit for ageing generations now
In this article, as part of our Future of Housing guest blog series, Dr Rachael Docking, Senior Programme Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, highlights the need to build new, and retrofit existing, homes for the ageing population.
Blog - Future-Proofing Our Train Stations
Train stations are more than transit spaces. Benefiting from prime locations at the heart of our urban centres, they attract millions of people each day and have become city landmarks. These terminals hold great significance in our lives but it’s clear UK railway stations can benefit from significant digital transformation. Here we explore some of the ways that can be achieved.