We congratulate one of our leading researchers, Professor Christine Whitehead, on her two recent appointments as a member of the London Housing Commission and as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee for their inquiry on Housing Association and the Right to Buy.
‘Housing in London: the current state of play’, Christine Whitehead presents at the Policy Forum for London
On October 21st, 2015, Christine Whitehead gave a talk at the Policy Forum for London discussing the contemporary politics surrounding housing in London. She examined the complexities of the various factors that need to be addressed to confront the current housing crisis. Here, Christine evaluates the positives and negatives of the housing market in London: Completions stable at around 18,000, way below Plan let alone requirements and new orders falling (affordable housing timing)… Read More
On the 13th of October, 2015 Christine Whitehead presents at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University. She surveys the role of social housing in Europe and concludes that social rented housing is robust and sustainable in many countries, although not necessarily by the public sector, perhaps more along the lines of the private-public model. Here, Christine discussed some of the challenges social housing in Europe faces: Declining population in some regions/countries Worsening… Read More
On October 6th, 2015, Christine Whitehead gave a talk at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) titled, ‘Housing Associations, capital markets and housing supply’. She discussed housing associations and how they can play a key role in increasing housing supply, the barriers they face and recommendations on how to move forward. These are some of the conclusions Christine drew from her analysis: The HA sector has been a massive success – not perfect… Read More
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 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
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