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Mayor of London launches major international housing competition


The Mayor of London and New London Architecture (NLA) have teamed up to launch an international design competition in a bid to solve London’s housing crisis

Titled New Ideas for Housing London, the contest free to enter and open for anyone, whether a large organisation ‘or just one person with a big idea’.

Winning entrants will work with the Greater London Authority to see how their ideas could be put into practice to revolutionise the housing market in the capital.

The submissions can tackle planning issues, the best use of land, where people will want to live and why, new models of funding, construction methods, procurement, design and even products.

Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture said: “There is a lot of debate about housing numbers, about standards and planning issues, but there seems to be a dearth of new thinking.

‘We hope this Insight Study will unearth ideas that housing providers, architects and others are thinking about and would like to promote and spread - including innovative ideas from overseas that we can learn from.”

The competition will form the backbone of NLA’s forthcoming Autumn Insight Study which explores new ideas to deliver quality housing with shortlisted entries exhibited at The NLA Galleries at The Building Centre from October 15 – 17.

If you have an idea, design or strategy that you would like to submit for the New Ideas for Housing London competition you can find more details at: newlondonarchitecture.org

The deadline for applications is 7 August.

Mayor of London launches major international housing competition


Readers' comments (5)

  • Its a great competition, but in these austere times couldn't there be some kind of prize money attached? I am certain that more ideas would be forthcoming.

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  • The big idea for housing in London? Move your family/ business/ Gov. Dept./ NGO/ start-up etc. to any city in the N/E, N/W or the Midlands. We'll take the prize now thanks.

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  • New London Architecture are surely unwise to be involved with the Mayor of London when he's associated with what appears to be a rigged selection process for the designer of the proposed 'garden bridge'.

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  • If London wants ideas, pay for them!
    Such an ambiguous question has too many answers.
    Define the problem, then ask and pay.
    Architects are not a free consulting firm. We have lunch everyday, you know?
    This competition is an offense to the profession.

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  • This looks like a bun-fight waiting to happen! There should be a tried and tested set of rules administered by a body such as the RIBA. Further the designer's copyright should not be compromised and finally, there should be a large cash prize.

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