Michaelmas Term 2019 | LSE Cities Research Seminars

LSE Cities holds research seminars for LSE and non-LSE researchers and academics to present their work on cities and the ways in which people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focusing on how the physical form and design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment.

Seminars and free and open to all but require pre-registration. If you would like to attend any of the seminars please RSVP to

Thursday 10 October | 12 - 1.30pm
8.01H Fawcett House, Clement's Inn
Experiencing Density: life in London's high-density housing
Speakers: Fanny Blanc is a Policy Officer at LSE London and Tim White is a researcher at LSE Cities.

Despite the flaws in focusing entirely on supply as the solution to the housing crisis, it is widely acknowledged that London is in need of more homes. The population in the capital is projected to rise to 9.3 million by 2021 - a 30% increase from 2001. With the city’s lateral expansion restricted by the Green Belt, new housing is being produced at unprecedented densities – forming a contrast to the low-rise terraced houses and private gardens that characterise most neighbourhoods. Whilst this new pattern has been widely discussed by policy-makers, architects, planners and academics, there has been little research involving residents themselves.

A project jointly led by LSE London and LSE Cities, with support from the Greater London Authority, has sought to understand resident experiences of life in London's high-density housing. Focusing on 14 case study developments and using a range of qualitative research methods, the project has generated a multifaceted understanding of the issues at play for the occupants of different high-density schemes. This seminar will provide an overview of the findings from the study, ranging from matters such as community and neighbourhood integration, to those concerning the built form and its management.