20 episodes

Future of London is the capital's independent network for built environment practitioners. This podcast is peer-driven: FoL staff, associates and members of the alumni network invite guests from different sectors and roles to share stories, insights and ideas. The main aim is to support and inspire the next wave of city leaders. As other city lovers join the conversation, all the better.

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Future of London is the capital's independent network for built environment practitioners. This podcast is peer-driven: FoL staff, associates and members of the alumni network invite guests from different sectors and roles to share stories, insights and ideas. The main aim is to support and inspire the next wave of city leaders. As other city lovers join the conversation, all the better.

    Launching our careers in the built environment with the Emerging Talent Programme - Bébert Longi and Khuzaymah Pathan

    Launching our careers in the built environment with the Emerging Talent Programme - Bébert Longi and Khuzaymah Pathan

    How can working in the built environment make an impact on London's communities? What's it like to start a career in housing, planning or regeneration?

    In our first interview with members of our inaugural Emerging Talent Programme cohort, Bébert Longi and Khuzaymah Pathan discuss why they applied for the programme, why this kind of project is important, and what they've learned so far with Candice Stanton.

    At the time of recording, Bébert and Khuzaymah are on their first placements at Quod and Sanctuary Housing respectively.

    About the Emerging Talent Programme

    Launched in January 2022, this innovative programme aims to address the lack of ethnic diversity in the Built Environment sector in London.

    We've recruited a talented cohort of candidates – all from ethnic minority backgrounds – keen to launch their careers in housing, regeneration, urban and economic development and infrastructure.

    The cohort are on a 21-month programme, which consists of three placements into host organisations working across different sectors in the field. Following their induction at the end of January, the cohort are now all in their first placements across fourteen host organisations, including London borough council housing and regeneration teams, central government, regional government, housing associations and private sector developers and consultancies.

    Find out more here.

    • 17 min
    A Roof Plan for London - Peter Watkins

    A Roof Plan for London - Peter Watkins

    Wonder why so many rooftops are still just dead space? Future of London grad and Pollard Thomas Edwards architect did (not least at his own building), so he came up with a tool owners and councils could use to quickly sort out whether beehives, solar, resident space or other uses could work. Find out more here or at https://bit.ly/2WK4CBU 

    • 8 min
    Smart homes for older people - Sarah Hall Proposal for London

    Smart homes for older people - Sarah Hall Proposal for London

    Sarah Hall is a Development Manager at Swan Housing and a graduate of Future London Leaders 25. Her Proposal for London was voted "favourite idea" - incorporating accessible tech into older people's housing for greater support, independence and sustainability. Check out this short interview and visit the Future of London webpage to watch her 5-minute online proposal and find resources for how technology can improve quality of life - if done well! 

    https://www.futureoflondon.org.uk/2021/08/19/proposal-for-london-smart-homes-for-independent-living/

    • 7 min
    Leading for way for cities #2: Adam Cossey - The future of civic centres

    Leading for way for cities #2: Adam Cossey - The future of civic centres

    Future of London's Leading the way for cities is an alumni-led series of events, podcasts and blog posts that engage with city-makers in their aspirations for the future of our cities, drawing on their collective experience, ideas, resilience and leadership as we emerge from the pandemic.

    The series seeks to re-appraise the status quo, bring fresh thinking to tricky issues, and help us to challenge ourselves on ways to be more ambitious for our cities, through our work.

    In this episode Inner Circle Consulting's Managing Consultant and Alumni Rep Katie Randall speaks with Adam Cossey, Partner and Civic, Community & Culture Sector Lead at Hawkins\Brown, about how councils are transforming their civic centres to create new mixed-use spaces for the community. 

    Find out more about the alumni-led series, Leading the way for cities, and the CityBites podcast at futureoflondon.org.uk

    • 17 min
    Leading for way for cities #1: Arthur Kay - Homes for key workers

    Leading for way for cities #1: Arthur Kay - Homes for key workers

    Future of London's Leading the way for cities is an alumni-led series of events, podcasts and blog posts that engage with city-makers in their aspirations for the future of our cities, drawing on their collective experience, ideas, resilience and leadership as we emerge from the pandemic.

    The series seeks to re-appraise the status quo, bring fresh thinking to tricky issues, and help us to challenge ourselves on ways to be more ambitious for our cities, through our work.

    In this episode LB Sutton Programme Manager and Alumni Rep Mandar Puranik speaks with Arthur Kay, chair of the £100m Key Worker Homes Fund and Founder and CEO of Skyroom - an award-winning technology and urban development company which delivers precision-manufactured homes in the airspace above existing buildings.

    Find out more about the alumni-led series, Leading the way for cities, and the CityBites podcast at futureoflondon.org.uk

    • 14 min
    "A Call to Green" - Proposal for Greater Manchester

    "A Call to Green" - Proposal for Greater Manchester

    Proposals for Greater Manchester & Proposals for London are 5-minute, timed, highly visual presentations that are the culmination of Future of London Leaders courses. It's a format that challenges speakers to escape PowerPoint lock and communicate engagingly with any audience. A signature of Future London Leaders and Leaders Plus, it's also great for use in any context.

    Marc Watterson, an Arup associate and graduate of GM Leaders Plus 2020, delivered his online – and his call for creating more accessible green space rang very true during repeated lockdowns. Check out his ideas and the lively Q&A that followed on YouTube, or find more info on increasing urban green space and dozens of other key topics - plus access to courses and tools - via the Future of London webpage.

    This backstage interview is a companion to Marc's Proposal, and offers tips and inspiration for anyone preparing a Proposal of their own. Hope you find it helpful!

    • 6 min

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