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
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.’
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.
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