London has not had to address the delivery of high-rise residential development for a generation, while planning has struggled to evolve with this re-emerging typology. At the same time, Londoners’ perception of high-rise, high-density living has not evolved far beyond post-war high-rise development.
Intelligent densities / Vertical communities
Thursday 23 July 2015
08:30-09:30 (registration from 08:00)
NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
As London’s population rises beyond its highest ever peak of 8.6 million, we will need to deliver high-quality, liveable homes in large quantities. These homes should be built with sustainable techniques as we strive towards carbon neutral living. We need to build them quickly, cleanly and efficiently. We need to introduce more variety and flexibility which caters to different lifestyles and offer better amenities for higher standards of living. We need to work within the London urban context to make sure that these homes can be a part of the community.
SOM presented a new model for delivering vertical communities at intelligent densities at this NLA breakfast talk, followed by a discussion with a series of developers, contractors and policy-makers. How can we design more liveable, sustainable and cost-effective residential buildings? How can we bring the efficiencies of the office sector to residential buildings? How can higher-densities relate to different demographics, and how can we create better vertical communities?
The final video shown as part of the presentation can be downloaded here.