Talk of a public housing renaissance in London is fake news
Developers exploit spurious definitions of affordability to pretend they are solving a housing crisis they helped to create
As academics researching the UK housing crisis, we are all too familiar with the extreme lack of public housing. Between 1981 and 2016, for instance, social housing in England decreased by 25%.
So we were surprised to hear about the “renaissance” of public housing in the capital, celebrated in an exhibition by the New London Architecture Foundation, an independent body set up to support conversations about architecture and urbanism in London.