James Christian's Disruptive Designs Address London's Housing Crisis

By: Alyson Wyers - Oct 1, 2014
References: designmuseum.org & fastcoexist
As a part of the London Design Museum's Designers in Residence program, James Christian created an exhibit exploring a new way to live that addresses London's housing crisis. In an old city that is quickly running out of space, the designer is proposing communities expand via rooftops and car parks.

The global issue of rapid urbanization is reflected in London's housing crisis where an expanding population is struggling to find affordable homes. Interested in community and shared space, Christian drew inspiration from the old London bridge and the slum-like rookeries.

In an attempt to capture closeness, one design features five or six structures surrounding a parking garage courtyard. The inhabitants would determine communally how to use the common area. Small communities could also exist on top of mid-rise buildings.