A study by the London School of Economics has discovered that thousands of families, who in previous generations would have moved out of the city, are deciding to stay in town. Changes in the way we live, work and play are contributing to this trend, which is great news for cities but presents the problem of how, as families expand and children grow, to accommodate them? House prices often prohibit trading up, and this means either staying put or finding a similarly-sized home.
We applied ourselves to the question of how to make a small home that can adapt to a growing family. And beyond the issue of space, we want people to feel proud of and inspired by their homes, and bring some of the benefits (gardens and greenery) to the city. Our ten-point urban housing design manifesto answers these challenges.