Mega Planning: Beyond 2050
By GL Hearn part of Capita Ltd
By 2050, London could be western Europe’s first mega-city. GL Hearn's MegaPlan seeks to maximise use of "Edge Land" – space running from the inner-London green belt to the M25.
The Urban Darning Project
By Patrick J.A. Massey, CZWG
Employing a sewing-style technique, The Urban Darning Project aims to encourage small residential developments in central London to "fill in the gaps" of the urban fabric.
Low-cost housing on top of hospitals, schools and libraries
By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Suggested by the engineering firm which worked on The Shard and is part of the development team of the High Speed 2 rail link (scroll right...)
Post-election boost for London housing market as 'mansion tax' sinks without trace
The firm calculates there is room for 630,000 new flats on rooftops, and since developers would pay for the right to build the homes the income could also be used to improve the public buildings they co-exist with.
Shared homes for renters - Friends style
By Natasha Reid Design
The purpose-built shared house is put forward by Natasha Reid Design. She suggests developers build whole streets of homes to be rented room by room by sharers, Friends style.
“Generation Rent becomes Generation Float”
Baca Architects proposes a string of floating homes to be built on London’s 50 miles of canal network, providing 7,500 new homes within a year (scroll right...)
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“Currently underused, this space has the potential to deliver as many as 7,500 prefabricated floating starter homes with minimal disruption to existing communities," explains the entry from Baca Architects and Floating Homes Ltd, which supplies prefab floating homes priced from £150,000 (plus VAT).
ATAL Opportunity Areas
By Brendan Cuddihy, Arup, and Rupesh Varsani, Craigewan
ATAL (Active Transport Accessibility Level) is the concept of unlocking housing density in parts of London with poor public transport provision.
Investing in London’s Future
By David Kroll
Drawing on the leasehold system, Kroll's idea is to separate the cost of housing as a physical product from land costs - therefore making building and buying houses more affordable.
Making more with less
By Pitman Tozer, LB Enfield and Naked House
Naked House, a not-for-profit housing provider, is unlocking council-owned sites to build affordable homes for those on intermediate incomes - aiming to provide 110,000 customisable homes by 2025.
By HTA Design LLP
Supurbia is a strategy for intensifying London’s suburbs that balances their inherent advantages with higher density and amenity value (scroll right...)
Using a two-pronged approach, HTA Design LLP's strategy focuses on redeveloping local main streets with increased housing and amenity provision, while allowing owner-occupiers of semi-detached homes to develop their land. Assuming a doubling of density per plot, this would realise 16,800 new homes per year, or 40 per cent of London’s projected housing need for the next 20 years.
By dRMM Architects
A new shell-and-core housing type that could "scale up" the growing appetite for self-build. Shell and core provides "ready to camp in" housing: a structural, weatherproof, thermally and acoustically insulated shell which you can then partition and fit-out however you want.