How to house London

28 June 2017

Bringing an international perspective to our Capital’s housing Crisis

On 12th September 2017, WAN will host a seminal Urban Challenge Symposium, at which an international task force will hit London with radical proposals on how to fix the Capital’s rapidly deepening housing crisis. The event will take place at the offices of New London Architecture from 6pm. Here’s why you need to be there…

As part of WAN’s Urban Challenge initiative, in May this year, an assembly of professionals from across the architectural, engineering and housing spectrum spent the day collaborating on solutions for London, drawing on their extensive international experience to explore what could be learnt from other cities around the globe.

James Murray, London Deputy Mayor for Housing who attended, said: “What’s really important to me is everyone in this room is coming together with ideas around how to tackle the housing crisis. People in City Hall don’t have all the answers and they need to work with the industry.”



Accordingly, WAN has now formalised the best of the proposals into a Manifesto for Change, which we will submit to the London Assembly at City Hall prior to 12th September.

The Manifesto will then be presented at the Urban Challenge Symposium, followed by what will without doubt be a spirited panel discussion and Q&A, rounded off by a drinks reception where delegates can continue their exchange of ideas on vital issues.

There can be no underestimating the gravity of the situation we face. Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the net outflow of people from London has almost doubled since 2012, many driven out by price and scarcity of decent housing. Additionally, the tragic events at Grenfell Tower will now quite rightly put safety and living standards under scrutiny as never before.

The Urban Challenge Symposium on 12th September is your opportunity to help shape a more positive outcome for London and its residents. Book before 31st July 2017 to take advantage of our early bird discount price of £60, and ensure your place at this pivotal industry event.

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