Building a vision for the City of London

Written by Jeremy Bourdon on 14 February 2014


World Cities Network was delighted to facilitate a vision building workshop for the Transport and Sustainability Forum on February 14th, 2014. The Forum is a multi-stakeholder group with about 180 members, serving the interests of both businesses and residents in the City of London.

The workshop is the first of a series of events over the next four months that will work with a broad set of city communities to build a vision of the City of London in 2050.

With a focus on 'communities', the participants were drawn from leading banks, community groups, residents, churches, housing associations, and City of London Corporation officers. They came together to discuss and debate a broad range of issues on the future of London. Diversity featured strongly as well as connectivity and environmental quality. 


Participants in the workshop began thinking about the kind of community that we would want to see in existence, in the year 2050. Ideas included flexible and cohesive communities, an environment that harnessed diversity and encouraged innovation.

Four further workshops will be run by the Transport and Sustainability Forum in the coming weeks to discuss other aspects of the vision, with a final report produced by June 2014. This will most certainly provide some valuable insights for the Corporation as they seek to guide the evolution of this great city.


During the workshop, Biggerplate produced in real time a mind map of the discussion. Our thanks to Liam Hughes for providing an excellent visual stimulus for our discussions and a valuable record of our thinking during the session. Download the City Vision 2050 mind map here.

The Forum would welcome your opinions on this topic and invite you to post comments on a dedicated blog at CityVisionBlog or send an email to

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