2 or 3 Solutions to London’s Housing Crisis: ASH Presentation to the Architectural League of New York (Part 2)

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ASH Presentation to the Architectural League of New York (Part Two)

One of the key ways in which ASH is responding to this threat to our social housing is through the production of architectural alternatives to estate demolition through designs for infill, roof extensions and refurbishment that increase the housing capacity on the estates and renovate the existing homes while leaving the communities they house intact.

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Future Estates: ASH presentation at the Royal Academy

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We are repeatedly told that London is facing an unprecedented housing crisis, and it is generally agreed that we must build 50,000 new homes a year to address this. We are told that the newly categorised brownfield land available to local authorities is mainly on council estates – and that these estates, as a direct result of their architecture, are havens for crime, drug-taking and anti-social behavior, and in states of decay beyond repair. We are told, in addition, that due to Central Government cuts, local authorities can no longer afford to subsidise council housing, so the only option they have is to demolish existing estates and rebuild them at higher densities, providing the additional market and affordable housing needed to fill the gap. At the same time, we are told that estate regeneration improves the economic and social well-being of the existing residents, housing them in homes that will be built to much higher environmental and other standards.

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Urgent Imagination: Conference at Western Front Gallery, Vancouver

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Art and Urban Development: 2-3 October 2015

ASH were invited to participate in the Urgent Imagination conference held at the Western Front gallery in Vancouver. The conference straddled two days and local and international artists presented their responses to the various issues around the relationship between art and urban development. The full documentation of the conference can be seen on the Western Front website.

Architects for Social Housing