Comment on: The housing crisis: how did we get here?
Lack of supply is the number one. Lack of political will as so much is invested in wealth creation by rising house prices. Unlike any other modern economy, ours would fail if we increased supply of houses, thus lowering prices, and the "Wealth" of those marginal voters. If the supply was good, competition would start solving the other problems. But that would need political will, and some brain cells, both in acute short supply.
Given that over the years the owners have ripped off the roof, removed al internal walls and floors, and the shop-front element, the architects have little left to play with. The value of the building is its expression of the power of the small business against the large. A power perhaps gone, now that local and national government can side with the developers to purchase property compulsorily.
Julian No problem with standardisation, if there is true choice between a number of systems. Not just Farrell's design. The main cost of any dwelling nowadays is the land, inflated beyond belief by planners, builders and NIMBYS holding back. And terrace housing is OK - not what you design though, and not quite what is being proposed. … and people loved tower blocks when they were first built…
What they want is "housing", what people want is "houses". Much better to dole out the land to individuals and let them get on with it, rather than this top-down life-style choice imposition.
Thank you AJ for interpreting the management speak ( which BD did not attempt, and for the comments from John Assael. It is very much the line - even from RIBA Councillors - that the RIBA Charter is about Architecture, not Architects, but they forget to read what it says on the tin - RIB Architects, not Architecture.