Experiencing Density is a joint project between LSE Cities and LSE London exploring how residents experience life in different forms of high-density housing in London.
‘Experiencing Density’ is a project jointly led by LSE Cities and LSE London that explores resident experiences of life in London’s high-density housing. Following on from a 2004 project by LSE Cities on high-density housing as an emergent trend, this interdisciplinary study explores who lives in high-density developments, how different residents experience life in high-density accommodation, and what spatial, design and demographic factors make them work well (or not).
In many other global cities such as Hong Kong, New York City and Singapore, high-density living is the norm. However, residential building at this scale is a relatively new phenomenon in London, which has historically been characterised as a low-rise city of terraced houses and private gardens. If the capital is to accommodate a growing population without impinging on the Green Belt, as Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised, then new developments across the capital will inevitably increasingly take high-density forms.
This research seeks to understand the experience of residents in different types of high-density housing so as to provoke discussion and inform best practice for London’s future development. The project is qualitative in nature, and focuses on fourteen case studies across London that demonstrate high-density housing across a range of built forms, levels of density, and tenure types
- 8 Jul 2019 | Short film: High density living in London
- 21 Sep 2018 | Tim White wins ESRC PhD scholarship to research on ‘co-living’
- 7 Aug 2018 | Experiencing Density research to expand with Knowledge Exchange award
- 12 Apr 2018 | Tim White on how built-to-rent won’t solve the housing crisis
- 10 Jan 2018 | GLA funds extension to London Expanding Density project
- Research reports
- Kath Scanlon, Tim White and Fanny Blanc. (2018). "Residents’ experience of high-density housing in London: LSE London/LSE Cities report for the GLA". Greater London Authority, London.
- Density and Urban Neighbourhoods in London — publication details | download full PDF (15.8 MB)
- Magazine articles