Constructing Construction

Social mobility in Great Britain: evidence on obstacles young people face

The Social Mobility Commission published their annual report on the problem of social mobility in Britain. This year they placed strong emphasis on new evidence that suggests that for young people obstacles for social mobility are getting worse not better. The evidence they provide highlights four key areas that negatively affect the poor, low-and middle-income families and communities in England: a discriminatory education system, a two-tier labour market, an imbalanced economy, and… Read More

GLA publishes LSE London research on housing density

The Mayor of London commissioned LSE London research on housing density. This research data is meant to aid in the development of policies and preparation of the London Plan. Links to all of the reports can be found here. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead, Alan Mace, and Ian Gordon wrote two out of the the five reports. The first report titled, ‘Defining, measuring and implementing density standards in London’ (London Plan Density Research… Read More

RTPI awards Research Excellence Award to Christine Whitehead and colleagues for their book, Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure and Affordable Housing

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) have awarded the Excellence in Planning Research award to Tony Crook, John Henneberry, and Christine Whitehead for their work on the book, Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure & Affordable Housing. The book draws on research undertaken by the authors over the last two decades and examines critically the development and implementation of planning obligations (planning gain) mainly in a British context but also drawing on experience from… Read More

Urban villages: Some observations from LSE London, by Kath Scanlon

I call myself a Londoner but really, I live in a village: Forest Hill, SE23. My kids went to the village primary school, I meet my friends in the village cafes (or pubs, of an evening), and the pound-a-bowl fruit and veg man often gives me a free punnet of something as I’m a regular. One of the best things about my village is how easy it is to get to the… Read More

Alternative housing development in London: Practices and possibilities

On Friday, 15 July 2016 LSE London hosted a one-day seminar about scaling up alternative housing development in London. With a new Mayor in office, this was the right time for a constructive conversation about enabling non-mainstream models that represent social, technological and/or financial innovations. These include co-housing, custom-build, volumetric construction and new-build for young professionals. The event was a culmination of two years of LSE knowledge-exchange activities around London’s housing crisis and subsequent recommendations about how… Read More

PLACE making: A modular approach to London’s housing shortage

The scale of the housing supply crisis in London tells us that what we are doing is not working. It is not good enough. And that we have to look at new ways of working. In this film, we explore a unique and innovative housing scheme in Ladywell, Lewisham, offering modular construction as one of many possible ways. These new modular construction methods go by many names, they’re called micropods, prefabs, or manufactured… Read More

Prof Christine Whitehead was one of the Keynote Speakers at the 2016 AREUEA conference

Prof Christine Whitehead gave one of the keynote speeches at The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) 2016 annual international conference held in Alicante, Spain. Christine’s presentation, titled ‘Is Social and Affordable Housing in Jeopardy?’ dealt with the questions of why social and affordable housing matter, the different definitions and practices across Europe over time, and a historical overview of financing models in Europe and in the UK. She also… Read More

Prof Christine Whitehead provides an economic overview at The Residential Funding Conference

Prof Christine Whitehead spoke at The Residential Funding Conference on Tuesday, 5 July 2016. She provided an economic overview of the political and economic climate after the Referendum. Currently, she says, there is no real or clear-cut assessment that can be made in such a sensitive atmosphere. The story that will dominate for the next few months, perhaps years, she argues, are about expectations and risks–neither of which are handled well by the… Read More

The Kipling Estate: Genuinely affordable housing in central London [Video]

In this video we explore a creative approach on how to accelerate housing developments in London and how to find places to put this housing. Bermondsey provides a good example of this creativity with Kipling garages. This video comes from our site visit to Bermondsey. Our hosts were Leather Market Joint Management Board (JMB), a tenant management organisation that operates 1500 homes for Southwark Council and Igloo Regeneration Fund.

Final Conference: Opportunities to Accelerate Housing Production in London

On 23 June 2016, we hosted the final conference of our HEIF 5 project on accelerating housing production in London. Over the last 18 months LSE London has been discussing how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London with experts from government, industry and academia. We are now finalising our findings and recommendations about how the Mayor’s housing goals might most effectively be supported, both immediately and over the longer term…. Read More