London Housing Symposium, 23rd May 2017
London, as a world city is not alone in having a housing crisis. The severe shortage of affordable homes has rarely been out of mainstream media in recent months. In simple terms, the population is rising faster than housing supply, leaving a gap.
However, a growing body of experts in London are citing a Perfect Storm of conditions on the near horizon, which could provide a unique, once-in-a-lifetime climate for delivering a record number of housing units to the London boroughs.
Harnessing this sliver of optimism, in media partnership with Planning, WAN is taking the bull by the horns and hosting a global ideas competition to address the London housing crisis head on. Find out more about how to enter.
Image: Former Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, Christophe Egret, Studio Egret West (left), Christina Seilern, Studion Seilern (right) at WAN's first Urban Challenge in 2004.
Global Ideas Competition now open
Call for submissions to tackle London’s housing crisis, a WAN Urban Challenge. See for more details
WAN's Urban Challenge, London will provide architects with an unrivalled opportunity to showcase their ideas and designs to major players in world cities and participate in a high-level working group.
Tips & advice for award entries
Here you will find some useful tips on presenting your submission in a way most likely to engage the judges.
Introducing the experts
We are delighted to announce the judges who will be assessing entries for this year’s competition
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