The Design Public London Advisory Group is publishing reports throughout February on how London can grow sustainably.
London expects at least 10 million people living in the capital by 2030. Impact on the city's physical form, transport and civic infrastructure including public space will be huge. Last Friday the advisory group published Public London, examining how streets and public spaces can be designed, managed and delivered to support increasing pressures on movement and recreation.
The top recommendation was for a new public realm task force including designers, council leaders, businesses, the welfare sector and cultural organisations to help shape policy and investment. The document calls for better planning and urban design from local authorities. It also urges policy to be set on public spaces to make them more democratically accountable.
The advisory group wants investment in the public realm of new central and inner London neighbourhoods where tension between place and movement is at its most acute. It wants investment in the public realm around new transport infrastructure and calls for spending on parks, green spaces and waterways that provide an "essential" green infrastructure.
In late January the advisory group announced key recommendations to address London's rising population. The Good Growth Agenda, a series of strategic papers examining how London can address its rapidly growing population, are being launched throughout February. Growing London, the first paper, addressed where people will live. Ageing London focuses on elderly people and Shaping London looks at public-sector challenges.
Advisory panel chairman Daniel Moylan said: "London's population is growing by as much as 100,000 people every year, equivalent of a town the size of Bath. 'Good Growth' is therefore absolutely vital if we are to ensure this unprecedented population boom can be accommodated sustainably and sensibly."