Urban Challenge 17: London’s Housing Crisis

Urban Challenge 17: London’s Housing Crisis

On 23rd May 2017 World Architecture News assembled a Housing Task Force in London to confront the complex issue that is London’s housing crisis. 

As a result, on 12th September at The NLA in London, WAN’s Task Force presented a Manifesto for Change to members of the London Assembly. Presentations detailed the findings followed by a lively panel discussion and Q&A.

James Murray, London Deputy Mayor for Housing: “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."

Peter Murray, Chairman at New London Architecture: “This event is highly significant as World Architecture News links us to a global network of building, engineering and construction professionals.”

  • Stage 1. Global Design and Ideas Competition

    Stage 1. Global Design and Ideas Competition

    Concepts or case studies from around the world provide inspiration for the task force. The winners 


  • Stage 2. Urban Task Force

    Stage 2. Urban Task Force

    Twenty-five international members of WAN's Task Force headed by Peter Murray wrestling with London's housing crisis. A manifesto for change is now being drafted, shaping the London Design Guide before it is incorporated in the New London Plan.


  • Stage 3. Housing Symposium

    Stage 3. Housing Symposium

    For a full report on the Deputy Mayor's response the Urban Challenge Manifesto at the London Housing Symposium, click here.

  • London boroughs annual housing targets

    London boroughs annual housing targets


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  • 50,000 homes

    50,000 homes

    Naomi Smith of London First highlights the elements of the Manifesto that reinforce her campaign to deliver 50,000 homes for London. Read more

  • International Perspective...

    International Perspective...

    Representatives from forteen countries were involved in the drafting of the Manifesto; Canada, USA, UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, India, Singapore and Australia