We have been shortlisted in the NLA's New Ideas for Housing London competition. New London Architecture (NLA) in partnership with the Mayor of London asked for ideas on 'how to unlock London's housing supply and deliver the quality and quantity of homes that London needs'.
Our entry - 'Objectives In Commons' - proposes that owner-occupiers surrender the notion of speculation through land ownership. Instead this role might be taken on by the mutualised pension funds of SMEs in order to provide land on which their employees and others might build. As a model for the delivery of sustainable housing this would secure these businesses' survival through asset ownership as well as staff retention.
Let's breed a new culture in London that pursues quality over quantity and the customised over the generic. In uniting values rather than pursuing value, we might find a hybrid of traditional common land where the long term hand of land stewardship meets a diverse and aspirational collective to build upon it.