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London's Housing Crisis

A Cycle of Events organised by the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and the Peltz Gallery.

With only a fraction of the 50,000 new homes required to house a population that is estimated to hit 9 million in coming years, London faces a severe housing crisis. The replacement of social housing by private rented accommodation, coupled with the rise of speculative investment in the capital's housing market has put this crisis at the centre of British Politics. Birkbeck's Politics Department hosted a series of events to explore the causes, consequences and possible responses to London's housing crisis, from various political, socio-economic, geographical and aesthetic perspectives.

Following on from the inaugural talk with Shelter CEO Campbell Robb, the programme of events offered an opportunity for the Birkbeck community and the wider public to engage and contribute to this pressing debate. All events were free and open to all.


The Housing Disaster: Danny Dorling in Conversation with Paul Watt

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 18:30-20:00

The Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

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'Dwellings': Exhibition by Carlos Reyes-Manzo

19 February - 21 March 2015

Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD


Private Viewing Wednesday 25 February, 18:00-20:00

'Dwellings': A Roundtable discussion with Carlos Reyes-Manzo, Diana Coole, David Styan, Esther Leslie and Alex Colás

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 18:00-20:00

Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Beyond the Skyline: Addressing London's Housing Crisis

Friday 22 May 2015, 10:00-17:00

A colloquium sponsored by the Birkbeck Institute of Social Research with Anna Minton, Owen Hatherley, Doreen Massey, Janet Sutherland, Paul Watt, Tim Waterman, John Biggs, Darren Johnson, Dawn Foster, Stuart Hodkinson and representatives from the Focus E15 Mothers.

Clore B01, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX