Could You Solve London's Housing Problems?

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 34 months ago
Could You Solve London's Housing Problems?

Can you puzzle it out? Photo by Cakehole from the Londonist Flickr pool.

The search is on to uncover some fresh thinking on London's housing crisis with a major international competition open to anyone who has a bright idea for how to unlock London’s housing supply and deliver more homes.

Organised by New London Architecture and supported by the Mayor's office, entrants are being asked to suggest ways they would improve the speed, scale and quality of London’s housing supply.

"We are looking for a range of innovative ideas, from solutions for planning policy, land and funding to construction, procurement and design," says the organisation. "Ideas can be small-scale or large in their ambition, but when brought together will make a significant contribution to the delivery of quality housing in the capital."

The best ideas will form an exhibition in October and the finalists will make up formal industry recommendations to be presented to key government representatives and mayoral candidates.

To submit your ideas and for more information, see the NLA website. The deadline is 7 August.

Last Updated 15 July 2015

Aidan Stevens

Knock down/convert every place of religious worship and build social and affordable housing in its place.


This is a pretty pointless competition, since you are only allowed to make proposals within London's existing boundaries. So it amount to "Tell us the solution to this problem, but do it without telling us the solution to the problem".


Stop selling off social housing, introduce a rent cap, fair rents and secure long-term tenancies, and ban 'buy to let'. There you go.
*yesthisisosverylikelyface* :(

Parklife Studio

Compulsory purchase of empty buildings & land. Build/convert more smaller units well designed using contemporary materials & eco friendly heating etc. Use all the new architecture designs now available - make large house builders follow these principles. Move on from bricks & mortar -
Give 1st time buyers priority. Restrict buy to rent. Cap rents & give tenancy security.


Hostels with on site canteens, lounges, and office spaces.


Take all abandoned derelict properties and train the unemployed who want to learn new skills shadow them with skilled students or builder company employees and get donated materials donated that people won't use or thrown away from construction sites. Or take down buildings even if they are heritage sites if they are no longer developers interested in buying and tear them down or fix them up. Old abandoned mansions and properties left to rot or old schools and factories why leave it to the rich? could be homes for thousands and learn new skills and managment skills from others. The gov't owns them or private buyers sit on them why not let others get the benefit and get off benefits. It's a winner all round.


I'm just throwing this out there..... Make it illegal for extremely wealthy individuals to invest in rediculously extravagant properties in prime locations for the sole purpose of generating a return that isn't needed. Knock the properties down and make them into affordable housing for the people that matter. Key workers etc...shouldn't have to live in zone 15 simply to get to work.
Obviously this isn't going to happen and it's not really innovative. But just imagine if ordinary people could afford to live in zone 2. Productivity and efficiency would go through the roof.