ft’work collaborates in fostering successful communities by

  • generating and exchanging fresh ideas through shared expertise
  • supporting and evaluating locally grown projects
  • helping to roll out the best ideas elsewhere


ft’work campaigns for social principles to be adopted as a fundamental component of good design by

  • communicating the key elements of successful communities identified in research
  • creating an alliance of like-minded professionals and organisations
  • provoking debate and policy change

What is ft’work doing now?

Castles in the Air

ft’work is sponsoring this extraordinary record of Europe’s high-rise estates and their communities, made by Barcelona photographer Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre. Exhibiting as part of the London Festival of Architecture 4-30 June 2018


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Successful communities evolve over time, but can be quickly destroyed. They cannot be made from scratch, so how do we create the circumstances in which they are most likely to thrive?


Should architects and planners be trained to understand the social principles of design?


How do we give people real influence in creating the places where they live?


Is gentrification good, bad or both?

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A wealth of research has defined thriving communities: they are socially diverse; people stay put because they are mutually supportive, feel secure and in control; they have varied opportunities to mix, to work and to play

the more integrated a community – socially, culturally and economically – the more likely its success



the gap in life expectancy between men in the Calton and Lenzie areas of Glasgow

there is a clear correlation between the degree of control people have over their lives and their health and life expectancy

rapid turnover and displacement destroy social cohesion and are causes of a failing community


of their income

the amount of rent paid today by an average 30 year old

their grandparents at 30 spent 5-10%

local character is determined by the cumulative effect of people’s experiences of a place and we destroy this social fabric at our peril