The Role of Densification to Address London’s Growth and the Effects on Housing Design Quality
Densification in cities draws together a multitude of responses to a developing post-pandemic context and the challenges of London’s growth to explore its spatial and development capabilities at the urban scale. Few strategies for densification are needed to respond to changes in cities while mitigating previous negative impacts associated with outmoded forms of high density development mired in controversy, safety issues and anti-social behaviour. The research seeks to explore how various strategies of densification can innovate existing housing sites in London to ensure high quality, sustainable development. The thesis investigates utilising case studies of developments within London’s strategic Opportunity Areas across the city which adopt different methods of densification to enable a variety of strategies at different scales to meet various urban needs.