Alternative Housing

Apex Tower: modern prefab construction techniques delivering housing London needs

Wembley is known for football and for the stadium’s iconic arch, but there’s something else distinctive about this neighbourhood of London: it is home to a growing cluster of buildings built using modular pre-fabrication techniques. This technology, also known as ‘volumetric’, could help speed construction of the new housing London needs. To find out more about it, on 25 May a group of LSE researchers visited Apex Tower, a 29-storey purpose-built student… Read More

Housing in manifestos: the good, the bad, and the implications

On Monday 22 May LSE London convened a round table of London policy experts, housing practitioners and LSE academics for a Chatham House discussion of how the major political parties dealt with housing in their manifestos (see summary table below or click here for downloadable PDF version) for voters to consider on the 8 June 2017 General Election. What was good, what was bad, what was missing—and what were the implications for London?… Read More

‘Co-operate not speculate’, -London Co-operative Housing Group

Blog about the report launch, by Dr Montserrat Pareja Eastaway Wednesday 24th May. Coin Street Conference centre. Amidst a festive environment, the report ‘Co-operate not speculate’, by the Co-operative Housing Group, was presented on the 24th May at Coin Street Neighbourhood centre. It was festive because those people attending the presentation were celebrating the validity of coops as a housing alternative for Londoners. As it became clear from the start, either people… Read More

Reflections from an outsider – Older Women’s Cohousing (OWCH, Barnet, North London)

Reflections from an outsider Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway On 4 May I had my first ‘fieldwork’ experience in London, where I’m spending a few months as a visiting researcher from Barcelona.  I attended a focus group organised by the OWCH research collective, of which LSE forms part, with recent residents of the Older Women’s Cohousing Project (OWCH) in Barnet, North London. This workshop is one of four participative research sessions funded by an Averil… Read More

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation 2 May 2017 Members of the LSE London research group, together with academic and research colleagues from elsewhere, met on 26th April to discuss our response to the consultation around the Housing White Paper. Those endorsing this response are listed at the end of the document. Here we present an overview, plus responses to some specific questions. Overview Our overall response… Read More

Social housing in England after the GFC: affordable vs ‘affordable’

On 19 April 2017, Kath Scanlon presented at the Redesigning Social Housing against Poverty in Europe (RESHAPE) annual conference in Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). Her presentation, Social housing in England after the GFC: affordable vs ‘affordable’ (download PPT here), covered themes such as England’s ‘housing crisis’, changing nature of social landlords, and marginalisation of social housing and growth of ‘affordable’ – but not social — products. Abstract: England’s increasing housing affordability problem, widely described… Read More

LSE London welcomes Dr Pareja-Eastaway

LSE London welcomes Dr Montserrat Pareja Eastaway as a visiting scholar from the University of Barcelona where she holds the post of Associate Professor of the Department of Economics. Since 1992, Professor Pareja-Eastaway devotes her research to the analysis of urban problems, specifically its impact on social, cultural, and economic aspects. Multidisciplinary and comparative analyses are constant in her career together with her participation in professional projects in collaboration with public and/or… Read More

Our written evidence submitted to CLG Select Committee’s Housing for older people inquiry

In February 2017, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee launched an inquiry into whether the housing on offer in England for older people is sufficiently available and suitable for their needs. This inquiry was launched in lieu of a significant housing shortage, a rise in elderly population, pressures on adult social care, and, as mentioned in the announcement, with ‘just 2% of the country’s housing stock designed with pensioners in mind’…. Read More

LSE London / Regional Urban Planning Studies (RUPS) Lent Term Seminars

    LSE London’s 2017 Lent term seminar series begins on the 16th of January. Speakers from within and beyond LSE will focus on London’s current economic and political environment London, covering relevant issues such as London’s planning strategy, Brexit, gender, urban space, and right to the everyday life, West London corridor, suburban gentrification, TFL crossrail, and the Outer London Commission. Presenters include academics and practitioners from relevant fields. Each seminar is… Read More

Rising to the Challenge: London’s Housing Crisis

On Thursday, 1 December 2016, LSE London launched the final report and recommendations on how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. This was a culmination of discussions with specialists from central government, the GLA, and London boroughs together with a small number of other key actors from industry and academia. This event followed up on our interim report we published in June 2016, taking full account of changing political… Read More