International
Federation for
Housing and
Planning

IFHP London Lab

Date(s): 
Wednesday 10.05.2017 to Friday 12.05.2017
Location: 
City of Westminster, London

The IFHP London Lab aims to explore the relationship between social and community regeneration, and physical improvements to the fabric of a geographical defined area in the City of Westminster, London, UK.
The London Lab will be a 3-day event taking place in the City of Westminster, London, UK. The Westminster City Council has committed itself to an ambitious programme that seek to reduce unemployment and housing improvement.
 
The event will look specifically to the regeneration programme of Church street, and the issues to be discussed include all forms of social deprivation, e.g. poverty; health; education; criminality; unemployment; equality; and socially vulnerable groups; as well as the current conditions and the future regenerations for the purpose of housing, schools, health delivery, infrastructure, environment, transport and leisure.
 
The Lab will offer a platform for freewheeling discussion.  Whilst we have a framework programme attendees and working groups can determine specific “urban agenda” topics they wish to include.
At the conclusion of the event a detailed final report will outline methodologies, ideas explored and importantly final conclusions, recommendations and a shadow action plan for the Church St, regeneration area.
 
The IFHP London Lab is an 'by invitation only' event, however, if you are interested in participating, please contact IFHP Project Manager Andreia Fidalgo.
 
 

Main objectives of the Lab:

• To explore the relationship between social and community regeneration and physical improvements to the fabric of a geographical defined area.
• Issues to include all forms of social deprivation e.g. poverty, health, education, criminality, unemployment and equality.
• And the condition and fit for purpose of housing, schools, health delivery, infrastructure, environment, transport and leisure.
 
 

Provisional programme

Day One – Wednesday 10 May 2017
10:00 – 12:00 Option Study Tour – Guided Tour of the Place of Westminster
 
1. Session One Attendee Introductions, event outline and working concepts.
2. Session Two Introduction and information on Church Street, Regeneration Project City of Westminster including vulnerable group interventions.
3. Session Three Study Tour of Church Street Regeneration Project 
 
SOCIAL EVENT Lords Cricket Ground. To include debate led by facilitators “which comes first, social or physical regeneration”
 
Day Two – Thursday 11 May 2017
4. Session Four Regeneration Projects – presentations by specialist project leaders of other major regeneration projects including UK and Non-UK attendees.
5. Session Five Group Workshops – Selection of four topics and initial discussion by four working groups.
6. Session Six Area tours and onsite research by working groups 
7. Session Seven Summary discussion by groups leading to preparation of reports on suggested actions.
 
SOCIAL EVENT (time and venue tbd) 
 
Day Three – Friday 12 May 2017
8. Session Eight Working group concluding discussion leading to presentation on the process, analysis, findings and conclusions with regard to drafting an action plan.
9. Session Nine Preparation of feedback to be included in event final report.
10. Session Ten Ideas for the future of the group, new events and group membership expansion
 
CONCLUSION OF EVENTS
 
Study Tour: A walking tour of the Church Street Regeneration Project to include a visit to the Community Centre and meetings with local groups 
 
 

Hosted by IFHP's HWG

The event is hosted by the IFHP Housing Working Group. 
 
The IFHP’s Housing Working Group wants to be a knowledge catalyst either working in or with special interests in housing issues. The main objectives are: to provide an opportunity for dialogue on emerging policies and developing practices in relation to housing; to develop knowledge about housing and consider the implication for practice; to create a space for sharing information and experiences among international housing professionals; to monitor pilot projects and practical experiences to become a bridge between different context and relevant examples worldwide in a process of mutual learning which is core business for IFHP.
 
 
 
For more information, please contact IFHP Project Manager Andreia Fidalgo (a.fidalgo@ifhp.org) from the IFHP Team.