Self Developing Communities
Everyone is talking about the housing crisis. Someone blames the planning system, others blame the property market. Almost everyone agrees that the housing market needs re thinking.
We seek value in the wrong place.
We cannot measure all aspects of value in urban regeneration.
We do not know how to compare the increase in property exchange value with the loss of social value (an consequential cost in police, maintenance, healthcare et.c.)
A wise man once said that madness is expecting a different result without changing the factors in the formula. I would then argue that the London housing market is little short of barking mad.
How could the supply side expect a streamline delivery if their only KPI is profit and everything else is managed as a risk?
What if we refreshed our formulas gearing up the supply side to deliver on a number of valuable outcomes such as CO2, crime, welfare, health, employment, et.c, exchange value included?
What about conceiving community as an asset from which kickstarting regeneration? And possibly to raise finance on the safe shore of the risky waters of stakeholders, planning and sales?
Well, It is time to shake up the housing sector with a boost of of digital democracy, crowdfunding and sharing economy.
We want to place communities at the core of urban regeneration using open data to inform the mixed use balance of urban regeneration and welfare and making the most of social media and gaming to communicate, collaborate and create the collective vision of urban development.
Today, 15th May 2015 we will start a conversation with the Trowbridge Estate community at the Old Baths on Eastway at 7pm.
It will be the first step of our March towards a collective planning application where community and Local Authority will clarify their brief to the construction industry for best practice developers to grasp.
Want to know more?
Marcel Mauer leads the Density Design Hack-Book Project in collaboration with the Trowbridge Estate Community, Caire Urbanistica and Gotham Innovation Greenhouse.