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The answer is above our heads: the value of location, liveability and longevity

January 13, 2021

“Cities that we enjoy visiting, like Paris, New York and Barcelona, achieve much higher densities than London, and the densest parts of our city are some of the most desirable.” — Richard Rogers

A city forms because citizens need each other’s services. Some cities become dense and soar; others sprawl. London is a relatively low density city, yet its population is growing and it is due to reach 10 million by 2035.

So where is London in 2021? What is the relationship between work, leisure and home; what value do existing buildings hold; what solutions exist to create a more coherent urban life? This second event, in a Knowledge Exchange series with the Key Worker Homes Fund, offers lively debate on making our city resilient.

The online event series gives the stage to London local authority leaders, housing association heads, union chiefs, policy makers, economists and urbanists and asks them to share empathy, opinion, insight, and expertise. The three events are bound by the question: how can we improve the lives of key workers in our city?


Claire Bennie, director, Municipal
Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman, UK Municipal Bonds Agency and Localis
Arthur Kay, chair, Key Worker Homes Fund
Cllr Martin Whelton, cabinet member for housing, regeneration and transport, Merton Council
Toby Fox, chair

Register free here.

Watch the previous Key Worker Homes Fund Knowledge Exchange here.

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