Allotments in Berlin Looking out from the train heading into Berlin you can pick out miniature houses, complete with gardens, against the backdrop of the city. The houses are on allotments, with a general stated purpose of allowing city-dwellers to reconnect with the land. Known as ‘Kleingärten’ they allow people with relatively little wealth to… Read More Tiny houses meeting big challenges
What is laneway housing? Self-contained, low-rise homes that are built within the yards of detached homes, commonly where garages were situated. They are accessed via the back lane, hence the name. What are the benefits? Increased affordable housing in expensive city regions; More populated cities with all types of family make-up; ‘Gentle density’; Transformation of… Read More Laneway housing: a way to create vibrant, resident-filled cities?
The inhabitants of the North of England are often referred to collectively as ‘Northerners’, often as a reference to being ‘other’ to the London-centric ‘Southerners’ of the country. Yet within this group there are significant variances, not least between the North West and North East. Despite the North East’s access to the North Sea for… Read More Convention of the North 2018
The post-war period has seen a dramatic skyline change across Glasgow. The high rise apartment blocks enthusiastically built by Glasgow City Council to house people being removed from slum tenements were eventually perceived as a problem, rather than a solution to sustainable community lives and are now steadily reducing in numbers. Embracing the high… Read More ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’
Greater Manchester (GM) in the United Kingdom is embracing new powers from central government under a devolution agreement, creating the opportunity for local solutions to housing issues. Local strategic partnerships The ‘City Deal’ that allowed powers and budgets to be devolved from central government was premised on the bedrock of the relationships between the local… Read More The Impact of Devolution on Housing in Greater Manchester