Good Growth by Design – A Vision for London

Public lecture hosted by Institute of Public Affairs, LSE Cities and LSE London

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, set out his personal vision for London’s future development, and discussed his plans to ensure that the city’s growth benefits all Londoners.

London’s population is at an all-time high, and continues to grow as fast as any period since the 19th century. This growth brings challenges of increasing pressures on housing, workspace, local services, infrastructure and heritage, but also brings opportunities to strengthen London’s position as one of the world’s greatest cities.

In A City for All Londoners, Sadiq Khan set out his intention to write this new chapter in London’s development according to the principles of ‘good growth’. After a welcome by LSE Interim Director, Julia Black, the Mayor described what good growth will mean for London and Londoners, and how he intended to work with London’s developers, architects, planners, local authorities and communities to deliver it. Following his speech, Sadiq Khan joined a panel chaired by Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, Tony Travers. Panellists included: Sadie Morgan, architect and commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission; Jackie Sadek founder and Chief Executive, UK Regeneration; and Ricky Burdett Professor of Urban Studies and Director, LSE Cities.

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    Sadiq Khan

    Sadiq Khan was elected as Mayor of London in May 2016. Prior to this, he was the MP for Tooting from 2005 to 2016. Sadiq was appointed Minister of State for Communities in 2008 and later became Minister of State for Transport, attending Cabinet. He was also Crossrail Minister. In 2010, Sadiq was appointed Shadow Lord Chancellor and in 2013 appointed Shadow Minister for London. In 2015 he led the Labour Party campaign in London in the General Election.

    Tony Travers

    Tony Travers is Director of the IPA and also of LSE London.  He is a professor in the Department of Government. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He has been an advisor to the Communities & Local Government Select Committee and also to other Parliamentary committees. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British GovernmentThe Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis); Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills); The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City and, most recently, London’s Boroughs at 50. He has chaired a number of official commissions, including the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance in Wales and the London Finance Commission.

    Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics (LSE), and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age project. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, and was chief advisor on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural advisor to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He was director of the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2006. With Deyan Sudjic he is co-editor of The Endless City (2007) and Living in the Endless City (2011) and, with Philipp Rode Shaping Cities in an Urban Age (2018).

    Sadie Morgan

    Sadie Morgan is a founding director of leading architectural practice dRMM. She is an international keynote speaker and sits on numerous competition jury and advisory panels. She is a commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), chairs the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two (HS2) and in 2016, she was made a commissioner of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.

    Jackie Sadek

    Jackie Sadek has 30 years’ experience in property development and urban regeneration, specializing in public-private sector partnerships.  Jackie is founder and Chief Executive of UK Regeneration (UKR), developing new models of delivery.  From 2014 to 2016 she was Adviser to Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. She is Independent Chair of the Constellation Partnership bringing forward 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs predicated on the investment into the HS2 Interchange at Crewe.