I am really happy to start up Platforms for sustainable cities and regions in London and excited about working with you. I aspire for Platforms to be a new type of private research-based consultancy based on holistic approaches to development, improvement and sustainability. Although I believe that small projects have also the force to generate great impact. I hope Platforms would be a forum for sharing good practice and reflections. I also hope that having Platforms in London is a good opportunity to benefit from the valuable network Platforms can create around your projects.