Factory-made Housing Events Programme

October - January 2019

NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

This three-month programme of events taking place for the duration of the 'Factory-made Housing' exhibition further explores key themes, forming a core part of the NLA Housing programme.

Factory-made Housing: a solution for London
Members private view, Tuesday 09 October
The launch of the NLA research paper, exhibition and series of events which investigate the role of factory methods in delivering the homes London needs.

Factory-made Housing: achieving a ‘modular mindset’
Half-day conference, Friday 12 October
Although ‘factory-made’ homes are seen as one of the key solutions to housing demand, factory-made housing still accounts for a very small proportion of the homes built in London each year. So, what are the barriers to London adopting a truly ‘modular mindset’ and how do we overcome them?

Tour of MultiPly
Lunctime tour, Friday 12 October
Hear from designers Waugh Thistleton Architects and the American Hardwood Export Council. Gain insight into cross-laminated timber (CLT), learn about the flexible system, how it is carbon neutral, and about how this material can be used to form the structure of buildings. 

Factory-made Housing: moving modular
Lunchtime talk, Friday 26 October 
How does movable, temporary housing work in practice? How easy is it to disassemble modular housing units, transport them to a new location and reassemble? 

Factory-made Housing: timber tour with Waugh Thistleton Architects
Study tour, Friday 02 November 
As part of the series exploring factory-made homes, Waugh Thistleton, experts in designing with Cross Laminated Timber, guide a tour of Hackney - the CLT capital of London.

Factory-made Housing: curator-led tour
Lunchtime tour, Friday 02 November
Hear from the curator about the different projects on display and gain insight into the current shape of factory-made housing today. 

Factory-made Housing: learning from postwar ‘prefab'
Breakfast talk, Friday 09 November 
The failure of many of the postwar ‘prefab’ and system-built blocks has resulted in widespread negative perceptions about ‘prefabrication’ that endure today, but how are we doing things differently now?

Factory-made Housing: a tour of NU Build Factory
Study tour, Wednesday 21 November
Swan Housing are opening it’s factory doors for an insightful tour of their innovative approach to housing production.

Factory-made Housing: Small sites and MMC
Lunchtime talk, Friday 30 November
How are modern methods of construction unlocking small sites for development? How we can improve and aggregate procurement for small sites through digital platforms?

New ideas for factory-made homes, powered by PechaKucha
Evening event, Tuesday 04 December
A night of speedy presentations will look at innovative new ideas from both established housing professionals and representatives from NLA’s NextGen cohort.

Factory-made Housing: curator-led tour
Lunchtime tour, Friday 07 December
Hear from the curator about the different projects on display and gain insight into the current shape of factory-made housing today.  

'Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?' is a new NLA research paper, exhibition and events programme.

These events are part of NLA’s year-round Housing Programme, covering key issues such as affordable housing, public sector land, the private rented sector, off-site manufacture, the appropriate densification of housing and how we enable small developers and custom builders.  

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Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?

Exhibition

With the current big push on factory-made housing, what opportunities and challenges does this present the future of housing in London? How are we employing innovative models of construction and delivery to meet the 66,000 homes needed each year?

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MultiPly

Exhibition

MultiPly, an installation by Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council and Arup, will be on display in the crescent just outside of the Building Centre until Sunday 21 October.

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