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  The theme for the summer issue of the London Society Journal will be ‘a future informed by the past’, engaging with the ongoing development and evolution of London, but with a respect for its history. All ideas are welcome on this broad theme. To get you thinking, the sorts of subjects we might include could be (but aren’t limited to):
  • a building or culture or community that’s key to the identity of a neighbourhood
  • an area undergoing, or about to undergo, regeneration (how does it respect, or not, existing place and identity)
  • a proposed new building, or one under construction, that could become a new landmark
  • an example of placemaking where the past has successfully informed sensitive redevelopment (it could even be something from another city that we could learn from)
  • icons it’s time to let go of or things London's lost that we now regret
  • areas, communities or cultures that have been obliterated, and what we can learn from past mistakes made
  • using technology to find out about the past and our experience of the city eg the best London apps (the past informed by the future!)
  • ruins
  • nostalgia
  • history and identity
Pieces needn’t be very long. They could be:
  • short provocations and opinion pieces (about 500 words)
  • interviews
  • case studies
  • lists, maps, miniguides, etc
  • photojournalism, and other visual stories
  • longer read features (up to 1,500 words)
If you’ve recently produced a report, done some research, written a book, given a talk, or penned a blog that deserves a bigger audience then we’d love to hear about it. Unfortunately, the Society doesn’t have a budget to offer any payment for the articles, but we could give you free tickets to some of our popular events instead. And of course we will plug websites or publications at the end of the piece. If you have something you would like to write about, or have something you think we should cover, email the editor, Jessica Cargill Thompson, at And you don’t have to be a member of the London Society to write for the Journal, so do feel free to pass this on to friends or colleagues who you think might be interested.