Designed for Living?

17 March 2015

This meeting took place on 18 March 2015. Read the transcript here.

What do you call home? An apartment block with a strong sustainability score and good public transport links? Or a traditional English house, with a driveway and its own garden?

As its population expands, London will need more homes – and these will have to be built at higher densities than in the past. But those new homes need to be well-designed – and the Mayor has a leading role to play in establishing that design.

How can we provide what families need in high-density developments? What can London learn from other cities around the world? And how do we avoid the design mistakes of the past – including the ‘formulaic’ housing estates of today?

The London Assembly’s Planning Committee will tomorrow hear from the following experts on how to design homes that meet family needs:

David Birkbeck, Chief Executive, Design for Homes

Martin Green, Head of Specialist Housing Services, London Borough of Southwark

Esther Kurland, Director, Urban Design London

Philipp Rode, Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics Cities

The meeting takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March from 2pm in Committee Room 5, City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.


Notes for Editors:

The agenda and committee papers are available here.

Nicky Gavron AM, Chair of the Planning Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

The Committee previously explored density at its March 2014. These two sessions will feed into the Committee’s work later this year on estate renewal.

For media enquiries, please contact Ash Singleton on 020 7983 5769. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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