Alternative Housing

The Future of Urban Housing, Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review

Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review Magazine about the London housing crisis and its effects on London’s younger generations. The article goes on to discuss ‘co-living’ which is an alternative method of coping and resisting the exclusionary PRS sector. Here is an except from the article: “It is not secret that the London housing market is in crisis. According to a recent report by the London School of Economics and… Read More

Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience: ESRC sponsored seminar series 2014-2016

Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience You may download the Sheffield standard application form here. Pre-seminar tour January 28th 2016 (collaborative housing schemes in/around Sheffield; optional free preparation for the seminar proper) Seminar: (5 in series of 6) University of Sheffield, January 29th 2016 If you wish to attend one of the seminars in this series, then you must send a completed application form to helen.jarvis@ncl.ac.uk as soon as possible. Places are limited and… Read More

HEIF5 Project: Accelerating housing production in London

LSE London awarded a year-long HEIF5 project titled, Accelerating housing production in London. See our October newsletter with all the latest details. The following is a project description: London faces a significant housing crisis that threatens both its social sustainability and its long-term economic stability. Last year (2014-15), our HEIF5  project, Addressing the Supply Crisis focused on the implications of the national election debate for London; identified barriers to supply specific to the capital and pointed to where… Read More

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman’s special issue about Croydon

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman piece titled Time for Change by Guy Clapperton. The piece is part of a special issue addressing regeneration and housing in Croydon, as well as the social alternative options available, such as co-housing, in which residents participate and help design their neighbourhood in a collaborative manner, as well as eco-alternatives and affordable alternatives that aren’t necessarily social. Here is a brief snippet of… Read More

Co-designing senior co-housing

Melissa Fernández and Kathleen Scanlon publish article in Urban Design (136) on the collaborative design process behind Featherstone Lodge. They also briefly discuss examples from elsewhere in the UK and abroad, and they offer commentary on the lessons that the collaborative process of co-housing design offers for urban design more generally. The full article can be read here. An excerpt from the article: “What is co-housing? To live intentionally as a group…. Read More

Housing in London – Final Roundtable and Report Launch

On October 12th we hosted our final event of our year-long project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. We provided an opportunity for different stakeholders ranging from academics, local politicians, developers, planners, and other representatives from the private and public sector to discuss the recommendations from our final report. Other points of conversation were ways in which we could the debate forward, particularly in light of government announcements and the upcoming… Read More

Putting the Social into Alternative Housing

On September 17-18, 2015 Melissa Fernandez and Kath Scanlon presented a paper and participated in the 2-day academic/practitioner workshop in the Geffrye Museum called ‘Putting the Social into Alternative Housing’, marking the end of Dr Michaela Benson’s ESRC project.

Islington Park Street community: a model for alternative housing in London

Dr. Melissa Fernández profiles Islington Park Street community, an alternative housing model in London, as a possible model for the effective and low cost reuse of obsolete owned sheltered housing and care homes. Some key findings include: Islington Park Street Community (IPS) is a long-established mixedneeds housing that provides a mutually supportive permanent home for people with mixed backgrounds, needs and abilities. IPS is financially and socially self-managed with a robust decisionmaking… Read More

In the news: councils looking to alternative housing as part of the solution to the supply crisis

LSE London’s knowledge exchange project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis, was mentioned recently in The Guardian. The article by Alice Graham discusses why local authorities are considering alternative housing models as a way to ease the pressure of growing waiting lists and to accelerate the development of new supply.  It draws on lessons from a recent site visit which brought stakeholders to three alternative housing sites in south London and a local authority roundtable on… Read More

Towards a community of practice: notes from a London Local Authority roundtable

Alternative housing, be that utopian schemes like co-housing or technological fixes like off-site construction, increases the mix of options on offer in London’s constrained housing market. One key lesson that emerged from our site visit to three alternative housing schemes in Lewisham was the vital role an ‘enabling local authority’ might play in overcoming the barriers to alternative housing provision. An earlier multi-stakeholder workshop had also revealed a lack of knowledge or… Read More