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Design and dwelling to be explored in LSE and Royal Academy lecture series

The Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) co-hosts a series of lectures on Design and Dwelling with the Royal Academy. The lectures start with a talk by urban planner Kees Christiaanse on Housing in Harbours, on Thursday 21 October at LSE.

England is currently facing a housing shortage and dramatic changes are required if this is to be resolved. Changing patterns of immigration and demographic change - high divorce rates, people living longer, young people living alone - coupled with decades of severe under-investment in affordable housing, have fuelled the demand of up to 4 million new homes over the next 15 years.

This is a vast amount of new building that could transform the physical space of the typical 'dwelling', and radically change the spatial identity and social integration of many existing urban and rural communities.

This lecture series will address some of the key issues affecting the design and nature of the dwelling and how they relate to changing social, economic and political trends in British society. The series aims to engage a diverse and general audience in key issues in contemporary architecture and urban design.

  • Kees Christiaanse will speak on Thursday 21 October
  • Johannes Tovatt will speak on Thursday 11 November
  • David Adjaye will speak on Thursday 2 December

Kees Christiaanse is one of Holland's most active urban and residential masterplanners. He developed the concept of 'city as loft' to respond to the need for housing growth.

Richard Burdett, director of the Cities Programme at LSE, will chair these events, which are free and open to all with no ticket required.

Design and Dwelling: housing in harbours is on Thursday 21 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A.


To request a press ticket for these events, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|


This lecture series is organised by the Royal Academy and the LSE Cities Programme and has now entered its fourth year.

19 October 2004