New London Architecture

Providing shelter: designing out of homelessness


Friday 05 May 2023
10:00 - 11:00

Join this webinar to investigate how built environment stakeholders are working to help vulnerable rough sleepers in response to the housing and cost-of-living crises. 
One in 58 people were homeless in London in 2022, according to research carried out by the charity, Shelter. The latest government figures, published in February 2023, reveal that rough sleeping has increased by more than a quarter in the past year - a stark indication of the scale of homelessness in the Capital. 
In the context of the housing and cost-of-living crises, how are stakeholders working to help vulnerable rough-sleepers?  
Architectural responses to homelessness have been wide-ranging: demountable flatpack sleeping pods; buses repurposed into support assistance spaces; and modular designs, which offer reduced lead times. Increasingly, designers are exploring schemes that deliver more than just a shelter. Tailored housing solutions that provide privacy, security, and space for support services, help to address the core issues faced by homeless people. 
Shelter has called for the government to produce a ‘roadmap out of homelessness’. How can the built environment industry help plan, design, and deliver pathways out of homelessness? Can comprehensive design guidance help to tackle this area of housing provision? How can retrofitting, adaptive reuse, and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) be employed to help people off the streets and into permanent housing solutions?
Through a mix of presentations and case studies, this webinar explores how built environment professionals can balance the affordability and quality of schemes with the urgency of this housing emergency.

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Speaker biographies

Benjamin O’Connor

Director, New London Architecture

Miranda MacLaren

Director, Morris+Company

Alex Denvir

Senior project Officer – Rough Sleeping, Greater London Authority

Rosie Clewlow

Rough Sleeping Commissioner, London Borough of Camden

Osama Bhutta

Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications, Shelter




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