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10 winning ideas announced by NLA ! for Housing to help solve the London housing shortage.

Ten ideas have been selected as winners of the NLA international ideas competition New Ideas for Housing to help solve the London housing shortage.

From building on top of public buildings, to densifying the suburbs, living in shared homes to living on the water and creating a megacity in the suburbs, the 10 ideas provide a radical rethinking of current housing delivery models.

The winning ideas will be presented to the Greater London Authority who will study their feasibility as options for the future of the London housing market.

The competition, which launched in June 2015, invited anyone to submit an idea that would help to improve the speed, scale and quality of housing supply. Ideas could be small-scale or large in their ambition, but when brought together would make a significant contribution to the delivery of quality housing in the capital. It attracted over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world, from world-renowned architects, developers, consultants, local boroughs and everyday city residents.

100 shortlisted ideas were selected by an expert jury, including both practical and more radical ideas: from increasing self-building and co-housing, to building over infrastructure assets, infilling council estates, and densifying the suburbs. All winning and shortlisted ideas are on display in a free public exhibition New Ideas for Housing at the NLA galleries in The Building Centre from 15 October to 17 December.

The competition forms part of a wider NLA Insight Study examining London's housing crisis, supported by a three month programme of events.

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The JuryToggle

Isabel Allen – Design Director, HAB Housing

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property

Alison Brooks, Principal, Alison Brooks Architects

Robert Evans,Partner, Argent

Hilary French, Architectural Historian

Daniel Gray, Director, Engineering Excellence, Laing O’Rourke

Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair, London Housing Commission

Daniel Lovatt, Head of Property Development, Transport for London

Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture

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