Alternative Housing

Development of new cohousing: lessons from a London scheme for the over-50s

LSE London’s Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez have recently published an article on the lessons learned from a south London co-housing scheme, Featherstone, which they have been researching for 3 years. The article can be accessed here.

ESRC seminar series explores the lessons and potential of co-housing

LSE London together with Newcastle University, UK Cohousing Network, University of Leeds, Lancaster University, Nottingham University, and University of Sheffield were awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar series grant to hold 6 seminars on co-housing between 2014-2016.

Workshop: Increasing the range of alternative approaches to supply in London can significantly increase output

There is a palpable sense that alternative housing options (including self-build, co-housing, live-work, community land trusts and sustainable building technologies) are gaining momentum in London. Increased interest is evident at both policy and popular levels (see previous blog about this topic here). At the very least, there is increasing recognition that much of the supply being produced through the traditional housing market, although necessary, is not the ‘right’ kind of housing for many people…. Read More

Is alternative housing part of the solution to London’s housing supply crisis?

In her latest blog for British Politics and Policy at LSE, Melissa Fernandez explores the potential of alternative housing as a partial solution to London’s housing supply crisis. After defining what alternative housing includes, Fernandez argues that many of these models have a significant role to play in addressing the London’s supply deficit. To be considered a serious housing supply option, however, she believes that the contexts, prospects and constraints surrounding alternative housing need to… Read More

Scanlon and Fernandez organise two sessions on alternative housing at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014

Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez of LSE London convened two sessions on Alternative Housing at the Royal Geographical Society 2014 Annual International Conference, titled ‘Alternative housing in London (1): visions, values and strategies,’ and ‘Alternative housing in London (2): co-living, co-building and home.’

The Economics of Co-Housing

On 2 July 2014, LSE London Research Fellow Kath Scanlon and LSE London Research Officer Melissa Fernandez presented on ‘The Economics of Co-Housing’ at the 2014 European Network of Housing Research (EHHR) Conference in Edinburgh.

About Alternative Housing

London’s housing—of all tenures—is widely considered to be a sphere of growing inequality and unaffordability: it is the most expensive in the country, an increasing number of potential households cannot form because of the extent of housing pressure and there is far more overcrowding than elsewhere. The increased cost of home ownership and private renting has put them out of reach for many, while social housing and other accommodation options for the… Read More