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Emperor's New Housing \

Research report on the London Housing Design Guide

What is the relationship between regulations and architecture? The &\also thinktank explores new housing types that could arise if we relax some of London’s housing guidelines.

“‘Emperor's New Housing’ explores the impact of planning regulations on London's delivery of housing. Entering the debate on housing quality and diversity, the &\also thinktank critically examines the London Housing Design Guide and the emergent idea of a ‘new London housing vernacular’. We argue that regulations create the idea of the ‘exceptional’, and that indeed new housing typologies might better meet the needs of London’s changing demographic if allowed to contravene the LHDG’s policies.”

Published in Volume V38: The Shape of Law

“In 2009, Boris Johnson instigated a Housing Design Guide for London and with it the emergence of a new vernacular. But while standards are raised, guidelines don’t provide housing diversity. Has the promised golden era arrived?”

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