Town and city: Sustainability, recovery and resilience


Cities and towns are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic and facing a world where greater flexibility and greater resilience will be required. This bundle brings together two series of briefings and other recent LGIU work looking at how towns and cities are responding to crises now and planning for the future. From open and engaged urban planning to using data to reinvigorate the high street, we share examples from around the globe and how you can apply those lessons where you live and work.


The future of cities: urban governance in a post-pandemic world

This briefing engages in this debate of thinking through how Covid-19 has affected cities, the changes that have already been made and speculates on the future of cities. It looks at the social, economic, governance and spatial impacts of Covid-19, noting the differential impact experienced by cities as well as the current range of changes that some urban places are experiencing. We argue that cities are far from dead and what we will see is a substantial change in what they look like, how they are planned and how they will function in the forthcoming decades. Read the full briefing (Members and Followers).

Giving the community a say, ‘Planning Vancouver Together’

Vancouver has repeatedly been ranked among the world’s most livable cities because of the way it has developed with an appreciation for public space. This Member only briefing looks at its current planning review and compares approaches for the UK.

Changes to the urban landscape

We identify the key changes that are having an impact on how people use the physical infrastructure of towns and cities and provides examples of how places across the UK and globally are responding to the challenges and opportunities thrown up by the pandemic. Read the Member and Follower (free, registration required) briefing. 

Shaping a just and fair transition through UK City Deals

The first in our series of briefings that explores the climate action credentials of the City and City Region Deals, this briefing will seek to highlight key trends, best practice and future opportunities for place-based climate change mitigation. Read the first Member only briefing.

From apocalypse to reinvention: prospects for high streets and town centres after Covid-19

This member-only briefing draws on a range of data about footfall, spending and consumer preferences to examine the prospects for high streets and town centres in the light of the pandemic.

It is the first of a new mini-series on the recovery and renewal of towns and cities

A Just and Fair Transition: Introduction into insights from City and City Region Deals Experience

This Member-only briefing describes a new and exciting LGIU programme of work that is designed to share learning, inform and inspire officers, councillors and senior officers who are determined to drive a just and fair transition in their local areas. By considering approaches to climate change action at local levels alongside contemplation of contemporary governance arrangements, we intend to advance conversations in the run-up to COP26 related to mitigation, adaptation, net-zero and green governance.

Bundle: 20 minute neighbourhoods

With lockdowns imposed across the globe forcing people to stay local, Covid-19 has put a magnifying glass over local infrastructure. The result of this closer look has been renewed enthusiasm for the concept of 20-minute neighbourhoods (or 15-minute cities), local strategies centred on the principle that residents would have access to the services they need, such as workplaces, schools, shops, healthcare and leisure facilities, within a 20-minute walk from their home. In this bundle, we dive into the urban planning ideal to provide a local government perspective.