Housing ideas winners to get GLA backing

Wednesday 14 October 2015

New London Architecture kicked off its new housing exhibition with a bang this morning as it revealed that the 10 main ideas competition winners – offering a radical rethinking of current housing models – will get an audience with GLA officials in a push to make them into reality.

The international ideas competition attracted over 200 submissions from over 20 countries, which were whittled down to 100 that are on show at the NLA’s Store Street gallery from today. From those, 10 winners were selected which range from living in shared homes to intensifying the suburbs, to building up to 630,000 new homes above public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

NLA chairman Peter Murray said while it was clear that there is no ‘silver bullet’ when it comes to solving London’s housing crisis, something had to be done about the shortfall. Only around 20-25,000 homes are being built per year, against the requirement of between 49-60,000, depending on the research institutions coming up with the figures. The exhibition and insight study is important, said Murray, because it offers ‘opportunities for change’ and he hopes it encourages a more ‘collaborative and innovative response’, especially for the mayoral candidates as they shape their manifestoes.

‘The way we are delivering new homes today just isn’t working’, said Murray. ‘London is only able to build half the number it needs each year, and this competition shows how a bit of creativity, entrepreneurship and new thinking can help to fill that gap.’

The 10 winners will sit down with the GLA’s housing team, who will look at how the ideas could be integrated into the mayoral programme for Housing Zones.

Deputy mayor for Housing, Land and Property Richard Blakeway said: ‘We asked for innovative and ambitious ideas, and we are certainly not disappointed.’

David Taylor, Editor, New London Quarterly

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