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This site explores how the UK could move forward from its present crisis of housing and planning, not backwards to the monster…  Continue reading

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Housing crisis and London

Out now, a short version, focussing on London, of Michael Edwards’ Foresight report on housing.  It appears in CITY as part of a special feature on the London Housing Crisis and its Activisms, edited by Paul Watt and Anna Minton. The paper can be downloaded as a publisher’s free PDF  here   A copy of the paper as finally approved for publication can be downloaded free here: Edwards Housing crisis and London April 2016 It’s a single-column format and thus better for reading on a device than the publisher’s 2-column version.

Also here is a slide show about this paper, prepared for the conference London housing crisis and its activisms, held by City with Birkbeck and UEL in Stratford on 23 April 2016 Edwards HSG ldn CITYs    Hashtag for that event #LondonCrisis

Also out: Michael Edwards, The housing crisis: too difficult or a great opportunity? Soundings Issue 62: Alternatives to neoliberalism and the whole journal issue is at https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/soundings/62

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Report out on UK Housing, Land, Rent

The report Prospects for housing, land and rent in UK cities in the coming 4 decades by Michael Edwards is now out. It was commissioned by the Government Office for Science Foresight programme on the future of UK cities.

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Foresight report finally in the press

The report by Michael Edwards, Prospects for land, rent and housing in UK cities, has been through a number of rounds of revision and is now at the electronic equivalent of ‘the printer’s’.  It is likely to appear on the Foresight web site later in February and the link will be posted here – where a discussion will also be hosted.

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Prospects for land, rent and housing in UK cities

Coming out soon: report by Michael Edwards provisionally titled Prospects for land, rent and housing in UK cities. This paper was commissioned by the Foresight programme on the future of UK cities within the Office of the Government Scientist.
The paper builds on much of the work already reported on this site —essentially a political economy of the land and housing system— and elaborates it by presenting nutshell accounts of the situation in various types of settlement —casting the analysis 45 years into the future as a way of exposing some of the possibilities open to the society and the dire consequences of doing nothing in a vain attempt to get ‘back to normal’.

[ Some other papers in this Foresight project are already available, at http://bit.ly/UMIP6W ]

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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This blog was viewed about 770 times in 2012.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

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Progress on the project

In spring 2011 we plan meetings to discuss drafts of the work emerging from the project. Get in touch if you would like to take part. Meanwhile we have been having very useful responses from individuals and seminar presentations.

Michael Edwards has been active through 2010 with the Just Space Network in trying to get the new London Plan changed so that it makes things better not worse. You can review that material on the Just Space website and look at closing submissions which argued that the draft Plan needed a radical re-think in the light of the policies of the new government.

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