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New London Agenda Essays


NLA is London's built environment community; an independent, purpose-led organisation for everyone with an interest in London’s built environment.  NLA’s programme and its family of brands and projects engages the broadest possible audience across government, business and the public to educate, challenge, connect and create positive change.

19 March 2024

London's Next 30-year Development Cycle

No city has a right to perpetual success. Baghdad, Athens, Rome and Istanbul attest to the impermanent nature of even centuries long metropolitan glory. In recent decades Mumbai, Milan, Moscow, Hong Kong and San Francisco have felt the shudder of a sudden loss of status. Despite a very long cycle of recent success, London could also decline if we fail to resolve its risks and address its imperatives.

1 February 2024

The New London Agenda

London finds itself at an extraordinary moment of time, as it emerges from a 30-year development cycle and enters a new one. With this comes the need to think differently about how London’s built environment community can contribute to and measure its value for the capital.

30 January 2024

London Living: a New Social Contract

In the sixth essay in our series towards creating the New London Agenda, Professor Greg Clark CBE discusses London living and a new social contract.

9 October 2023

Re-Sequencing the city

Reinventing Central London, post-pandemic, requires a fresh cycle of intentional collaborative place leadership. This is the conclusion of three dinner debates hosted by Primera Corporation, Central London BIDs and NLA. It is already in train.

29 September 2023

Making Place for Planet

In the latest essay in our series towards creating the New London Agenda, Professor Greg Clark discusses London’s just transition and the built environment.

18 July 2023

Re-Mixing the Metropolis

In the latest part of the New London Agenda essay series, Professor Greg Clark, looks at the challenges and opportunities faced by London’s towns.

7 March 2023

Central London’s New Cycle

In the second in our series of essays on the New London Agenda, Professor Greg Clark CBE, Senior Advisor at NLA, takes a look at Central London’s need for reinvention.

10 November 2022

Pioneering the Revised World City

Cities expert Greg Clark sets out the scale of the challenge for London’s next development cycle, and how London can seize the opportunity to lead the way as a revised global city.

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