In some ways the solution to the housing crisis is easy: build more, lots more. But, this has never been politically easy—hence the plethora of programmes to boost demand not supply.

So the debate moves on to: how do we build homes that people love so that unlocking that supply becomes politically easier? Do we need to regulate what we build based on people’s preferences with less focus on how we build it? And is there a way to solve London’s housing crisis without the controversy that we are currently creating?



  • Cristina Odone, Director of Communications, Legatum Institute

Introductory Remarks and Presentation


  • Evan Davis, Presenter, BBC Newsnight


  • David Lammy, MP for Tottenham; London Mayoral Candidate
  • Ivan Massow, financial services entrepreneur; London Mayoral Candidate
  • Yolande Barnes, Director, World Research, Savills
  • Toby Lloyd, Head of Policy, Shelter UK

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About our Partner

Create Streets is a social enterprise encouraging the creation of more urban homes in conventional, terraced streets rather than complex multi-storey buildings. They do this via research, arguing for policy change and consultation work with developers and landowners. Create Streets' work has had real impact both on the ground and on government policy. The 2014 Budget followed their suggestion and created a £150m fund to help finance estate regeneration, and in December, they were asked to join the Government’s Design Panel. The Chair of the London Assembly Planning Committee has cited their work in dealings with the Mayor of London and at least three potential London mayoral candidates have backed Create Streets publicly.

About the Architecture of Prosperity Series

The Architecture of Prosperity, which forms part of the Legatum Institute's 'The Culture of Prosperity' programme, evaluates the impact of the built environment on human wellbeing and the capacity for creativity. The series of lectures, seminars and conferences address the central question of why some forms of architecture promote prosperity while others are linked to vicious effects.