Prompted by the NLA's Housing Ideas competition, Cullinan Studio and Levitt Bernstein have inadvertently co-founded a cross-practice working group to explore common interests in solutions to the housing supply shortage. The second of these meetings will be hosted by Levitt Bernsteins this evening.
The first session was held in late November, co-chaired by Philip Graham (CS) and Zohra Chihib (LB) with a core, cross-disciplinary group including Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Hoare Lea mechanical, electrical and environmental engineers, Metropolitain Workshop (also representing Pocket Living) and Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects. Yolande Barnes from Savills World Research added her depth of market insight to what was a wide-ranging discussion lasting well into the evening.
Much of London's housing problem stems from years of central bank stimulus and the failure of tax policy to catch up with the powder train effect on speculative demand, global currency flows and the inertia of low-interest ownership. Accepting this, many of the group's innovative solutions considered the sharing economy to be key. These included the sharing of sites information, tenure, funding and land. There is an urgency from London SMEs and their employees to find - or build - a sustainable solution.
At this evening's discussion on "Barriers to Land Ownership" we are looking forward to hearing more from guests at RUSS, Igloo, the NaCSBA, C2O Future Planners, David Lock Associates, Jon Broome Architects, Harrow Council, Naked House, Savills World Research, LB Hackney Estate Regeneration, Argent, The Green Party and the Kings Cross Site Project.
Hereafter, discussion topics for the monthly sessions will include:
- New New-build: Real Technical Data & User-led Space Standards
- Micro-Development, the Sharing Economy and SME Self-Help
- Planning Policy Manifesto
- Alternative Procurement Model for a Potential Pilot Project