This was the question posed by New London Architecture, the answers to which have formed its latest exhibition, New Ideas for Housing. From utopian floating villages to a megacity in the suburbs, the exhibition presents a broad range of options for the future of the capital’s housing market, that stretch from small initiatives to a radical rethinking of city living. Since calling upon architects, designers and developers from across the world, as well as the general public to submit ideas for its international ideas competition, New London Architecture has pooled a global resource consisting of the 100 best ideas at its gallery on Store Street, just off Tottenham Court Road.
However, the exhibition has proved to be more than simply an ideas exercise, as 10 of the concepts have been selected by an esteemed jury to be presented to the Greater London Authority and the deputy Mayor for Housing, Richard Blakeway. Do London’s residents face a future living on canals, inhabiting a real-life Emerald City next to the M25, or even building their own homes? Only time will tell.
New Ideas for Housing
Thursday 15 October – Thursday 17 December
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT