How do we make cities work for everyone, regardless of the urban
form? As we look to build more intense, denser places it is important
to put people and their everyday experience at the centre of planning
At the salon, we started off looking at ‘Future Londoners’
fictionalised people who reflect a range of archetypes who inhabit our
spaces and what they would need. We then asked salon participants
what key actions could we design into a place that would help these
people feel a strong sense of belonging, using a framework that looks
at key societal elements such as family and friends, economy, power
and politics, and neighbourhood and physical environment.
Next, we explored the elements needed to build a socially
sustainable place for all, from amenities and social
infrastructure to governance models to support residents’ sense
These two exercises are really useful in asking a critically
How do we create places that make people feel at home,
included and safe?
The salon concluded with the identification of ten tenets which
support the creation of places that are socially sustainable.