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London housing crisis: have we reached a tipping point?


Book to hear leading experts discuss the capital's housing problems

Experts from the fields of academia, the media and politics will come together on Saturday 23 April to debate one of the most pressing issues facing Londoners – the lack of affordable homes.

London now has the second highest housing prices outside Monaco – a sign that the housing crisis continues unabated. The cost of renting has spiralled out of control and house prices have soared to levels that put home ownership out of reach of many people. Close to 100 low-income housing estates are being pulled down at the same time as an estimated 400 luxury tower blocks are planned for wealthy foreign investors. 

Is the crisis at tipping point? And what way will the scales tip? 

Venue: University Square Stratford,  1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF
Topics covered on the day include: capital flows and foreign investment in prime London, global corporate landlords and social cleansing. 
10.00 – 10.30 am: Registration, tea/coffee

10.30 am: Introductions
Anna Minton (UEL), Paul Watt (Birkbeck), Carl Callaghan (UEL), Bob Catterall (Editor-in-Chief, CITY)
11.00 am: Keynote: Aditya Chakrabortty, Senior Economics Commentator, The Guardian

11.30 am - 1.00 pm:
Panel 1 – The Financialisation of Housing, chaired by Dawn Foster, The Guardian
Michael Edwards (UCL) – The housing crisis and London
Luna Glucksberg (Goldsmiths) – A view from the top: unpacking capital flows and foreign investment in prime London
Stuart Hodkinson (University of Leeds) – Global corporate landlords in ‘post-crisis’ urban landscapes in North America and Europe: speculating on London’s housing future
Followed by Q&A

1.00 -2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00-3.30 pm: Workshops
1. Linking housing campaigns and the Kill the Housing Bill Campaign – Katya Nasim (Radical Housing Network) and Eileen Short (Defend Council Housing and Radical Housing Network)
2. Viability assessments: how developers build what they want to build – Jerry Flynn (Elephant Amenity Network/35percent campaign), Bob Colenutt (University of Northampton) and Nick Perry (The Hackney Society)
3. Estate regeneration: lessons from Cressingham Gardens – Pam Douglas and Jo Parkes (Save Cressingham Gardens)
4. Architects for Social Housing – Simon Elmer and Geraldine Dening (ASH)
5. Academia, activism and social cleansing – Tom Gillespie (University of Sheffield), Penny Bernstock (UEL) and Focus E15

3.30– 4.00 pm: tea/coffee

4.00 – 6.00 p.m. Panel 2 – Is London Being Socially Cleansed? Chaired by Loretta Lees (University of Leicester)
Anna Minton (author of Ground Control, UEL)
Guy Nicholson (Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Hackney Council)
Sian Berry (Green Party Mayoral candidate)
Paul Watt (Birkbeck) – A nomadic war machine in the Metropolis: en/countering London’s 21st century housing crisis with Focus E15

Saturday, 23 April 2016

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