RGS Vertical Urbanisms

Our density project (click here to the webpage for this project) explores the experiences of residents living in high-density housing schemes across London. We decided to look at different high-density building typologies (minimum 150 dwellings per hectare) to acquire a more general understanding of what density means, rather than focusing on high-rises. In this way our approach has differed from previous work on the experience of verticality (Baxter & Lees, Ghosh). Among… Read More

Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation, a report for the Borough of Camden

Currently, the Borough of Camden houses approximately 500 households (of which 370 are families) in temporary accommodation (TA). These include hostels in Camden as well as nightly rented homes outside Camden. Increasingly, Camden has been offering private rented housing in other London boroughs primarily because of the high cost of private rented accommodation in Camden. However, many of the family households in TA have turned down offers in the PRS. Camden commissioned… Read More

Affordable housing in Asia, a report for RICS

In May 2019, LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and Connie Tang from the University of Cambridge, published a report for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) entitled ‘International models for delivery of affordable housing in Asia’. The report examines affordable housing provision in a wide range of countries, cultures, scales, systems and experiences in Asia. Asia accounts for more than 60% of the world’s population, mostly living in urban areas. It includes… Read More

Dichtestress vs. Dichtelust – reflections on perceived urban density

by Fanny Blanc (23 May 2019) On 7 May 2019, Fanny Blanc presented our aspects of our work to the ‘Perceived Urban Density’ workshop at ETH Zurich, organised by Dr. Beatrix Emo. Housing is an emotional subject. People identify with the place where they live and build their lives. When it comes to a topic so close to the heart, the difference between reality and perception is often blurred.  The focus of… Read More

Day 16: Density [M39]

BLOG: DENSITY (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public Prof Ian Gordon | LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Density Policy, the Disappearing SRQ Matrix, and the Question of Who Should Safeguard Residential Environments in London – the Mayor or the Boroughs            Since the structure of the EiP follows that of the New London Plan itself, it keeps intersecting with… Read More

Examination in Public: Written Submissions

WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund LSE London has submitted written evidence on a number of the fundamental issues that the Plan addresses. The submissions are as follows (click here to view all of our submissions in one document; click here to view all written submissions from the GLA website): Matter M1 on the treatment… Read More

Examination in Public: Roundtable 1

BRIEFING NOTE Examination in Public – Roundtable 1 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Prof Christine Whitehead – LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund The Roundtables In the run-up to discussion of particular themes in the Examination in Public (EiP) we decided to bring together small expert groups, including several known to be participating in the relevant sessions and others with informed views – in order… Read More

About the London Plan Project

PROJECT INTRODUCTION (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed London Plan is now more than halfway through its formal Examination in Public (EiP). The Plan is the Mayor’s most important policy instrument. The EiP is a (very) extended process that allows public discussion of questions such as the feasibility of… Read More

More homes in less space: living in high-density housing in London

by Kath Scanlon, Fanny Blanc and Tim White December 2018 London has historically been a low-rise city of terraced houses and private gardens, but if it is to accommodate its rapidly growing population without impinging on the Green Belt (as Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised), then new homes must necessarily be built at higher densities. This densification is recognised as inevitable and indeed is an explicit policy target. Densification is an important… Read More

Draft London Plan consultation | LSE London response

Overview   The official document version of this response can be accessed and downloaded here. We welcome the emphasis on ‘good growth’ (implying making and pursuing qualitative choices) rather than either maximising growth, or treating it as inevitable/outside the purview of London planners and government. However, there is little in chapter 1 which clarifies the factors seen as contributing to good growth, and how policies in the draft Plan can thereby be… Read More