Deputy Mayor Rick Blakeway opens New Ideas in Housing show

Thursday 15 October 2015

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Hundreds of housing aficionados crammed into NLA’s Store Street HQ last night to help christen the gallery’s new exhibition and insight study on the subject.

Introduced by NLA chairman Peter Murray as a subject which showed ‘a massive imbalance between supply and demand’ that is contributing to a lack of affordability in the capital, the show on housing includes the 10 winners of an international ideas competition run with the GLA, alongside 90 others on the shortlist. ‘We think there are masses of ideas here that can really make a difference’, said Murray. ‘I look forward to lots of them becoming reality’.

Opening the exhibition, deputy mayor for housing land and property at the GLA Rick Blakeway said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement to pull together all these ideas from over 200 entries. The scale of London’s housing challenge means we need to think differently, we need to think creatively, we need some fresh thinking. And I think the ideas proposed here really try to grapple with some of those problems which we have been grappling with in London since after the second world war’. Blakeway added that he was particularly struck with the entries that thought creatively about London’s space, whether that was land, water or air, and that that was crucial in trying to double output. The GLA will now do around three sessions with the 10 winning schemes and further discussions with the boroughs and TfL are likely to follow. ‘I do know there is definitely one of the ideas which will definitely happen’, said Blakeway. ‘But I’ll let you guess which one that is.’

David Taylor, Editor, New London Quarterly 

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