Housing in London have gone through significant change over the past 20 years. Density has continually increased through government legislation dueto the demand to house more and more people. Allied to this, housing tenure has also multiplied so now we have private ownership, private rent, affordable rent, shared ownership and soon to be introduced on a larger scale, low-cost starter homes at possibly the expense of other forms of affordable housing.
Housing has also seen the growth of small investors looking to property rentals as a way of securing their own financial future. Housing has become a major investment vehicle which creates and fuels an ever increasing demand.
Over the past 20 years, Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects have beenbuilding their practice, based predominantly in the housing sector. They have worked with clients from all parts of the sector, hence the title of the exhibition being ‘Housing for All’.
The projects presented here have been separated into areas of focus that over the past 20 years have preoccupied planners and governments searching for how and where the demand for more housing can be accommodated within London. Whether it’s utilising underdeveloped back land plots, regenerating parts of London that have fallen into neglect or looking for wholesale change, Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects present examples of all of these and more in this exhibition.