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10 Ideas for Improving London's Affordable Housing

From building atop canals to encouraging backyard cottages.
The “Housing over Public Assets” concept imagines building new homes above London libraries, hospitals, and schools.
The “Housing over Public Assets” concept imagines building new homes above London libraries, hospitals, and schools.WSP / Parson Brinkerhoff

If you follow European issues, you’d have to be living under a rock not to know that London housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable. With demand for London homes outstripping new supply at an alarming rate, the situation is likely to get worse, not better, in the near future. So what can be done to turn things around?

Quite a lot actually. A competition launched by New London Architecture this fall came up with a host of bright ideas to increase London’s housing supply. The 10 best of these are the subject of an exhibition currently running at the NLA’s headquarters. Here are some of the key approaches that the winning projects suggest to give Britain’s capital a fresh infusion of badly needed new housing.