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Shortly after the first Covid lockdown hit in March 2020, the London Society invited members, friends, built environment professionals and others to reflect on the changes that London would see as a result of the pandemic and, more importantly, to think about the changes we should be making. 

We asked: what will happen when this is all over? What is to become of our high streets? How do we pay for the costs of the lockdown? Will London continue to grow, or will cities and urban life become less popular again? How will remote working play out, and how will we choose to live?

The contributions have been gathered together into a 60pp printed publication that can be ordered from the London SocietyOrder before 1 February for just £5 (inc p+p) - the price will increase after this date. Order your copies here.

We have special "p+p only" deals for colleges, schools, societies and others. Please email for details.

Contributions include: 

  • Chris Williamson | Weston Williamson + Partners | Change is needed
  • Clare Richards | ft'work | Local is central
  • James Raynor | Grosvenor Britain and Ireland | We need system change
  • Freddy Mardlin | London’s Outside Space
  • Andrew Beharrell | Pollard Thomas Edwards | Reevaluation
  • Mike Stiff | Stiff + Trevillion
  • Lord Toby Harris | London will need fresh purpose
  • Matt Brown | How should we commemorate the heroes?
  • Prof. Samer Bagaeen | Create a resilient economy
  • Neil Bennett | Farrells | High Streets must Act or Die
  • Buckley Gray Yeoman | How can design respond?
  • Alistair Barr | Bring production back to the West End
  • David Morley | There's only one Way
  • Chris Williamson | Getting back to work
  • Nicholas Falk | URBED | The suburban battle grounds
  • Roland Karthaus | Matter Architecture | Institutional architecture in a time of crisis
  • Jonathan Manns | Rockwell Property 
  • Daniel Moylan | We need to stop telling people what to do
  • Dr Meredith Whitten | We need a green infrastructure
  • Susan Moore | Urban dwellers need to be connected to the earth
  • Michael Coupe | Some thoughts on post-Covid planning
  • Seema Manchanda | Arts, Culture and Lockdown
  • Sophia Boyd | One Size Fits No One