Housing the City

The LSE Cities Programme's latest studio publication by MSc students, Housing the City, explores Thamesmead to understand London's housing crisis, providing innovative ways to reimagine the area and what it means to inhabit the city.

“‘In 2017-2018 our Studio focused on housing in Thamesmead. This neighbourhood in outer southeast London is a key site for understanding the past, present, and future of housing in London and beyond. First planned in the 1960s as a modern New Town, a vision that was never fully realised; later subjected to stigmatisation, privatisation, and various spatial and administrative alterations; and now the target of large-scale plans for further transformation in the midst of a growing but increasingly unequal urban region, Thamesmead exemplifies many of the processes that have shaped the residential experience in twentieth and twenty-first century London. The area also has a distinctive urban character of its own, stemming from its diverse communities, its incomplete modern plan, its riverside location, and its particular variety of architectural forms, densities, and styles “

Suzanne Hall and David Madden Co-Directors, Cities Programme LSE