City Conversations: home in the city - living at density


The final conversation in the current City Conversations series will examine housing demand and whether this can be addressed through higher densities in cities and particularly the suburbs.

Many people see the provision of housing as being part of city infrastructure and when demand is high we should demand intervention at the same level as, for example, major transport projects. The idea of expanding cities into their ‘Green Belt’ hinterlands is increasingly being put forward as a solution, but this ignores the opportunity of suburban growth where infrastructure already exists.

For certain types of city dwellers the microflat is now an acceptable housing type: can we find the equivalent for suburban living? Arguably the urban environment and place making becomes even more important with higher densities. What compromises are city dwellers prepared to make between location, density, space standards and affordability? Can we exploit new models of housing that look beyond ownership and traditional methods of delivery?

Speakers include:

- Chair: Gavin Thompson, chairman of the Happold Foundation

- Richard Lavington, founding partner of Maccreanor Lavington Architects

- Selina Mason, board director at LDA Design

- Barry Coltrini, development executive at Essential Living

- Andy Murdoch, director cities at BuroHappold Engineering

This talk is free to attend but booking is essential.

“City Conversations” is a series of informative thought-leadership discussions around the big issues that are changing our cities - growth, technology, resource efficiency and climate change. The conversations address not only the new and changing infrastructure of cities but also how these are brought about and their impact on the lifestyle and wellbeing of citizens. They are produced by the Happold Foundation and ngenuity and supported by The Building Centre and Rehau.