The city of Brighton and Hove is experiencing an acute housing crisis. Spiralling house prices and rents have made the city one of the least affordable places to live in Britain. The benefit cap has removed vital support from households across the city and the introduction of Universal Credit is predicted to push more residents into acute housing need. There are currently 17,500 households on the social housing waiting list, nearly 1700 in temporary accommodation and an estimated 1/69 people in the city are homeless.
The Radical Futures Housing Forum brings together academics, community organisations and policymakers to work together to study the crisis in Brighton and develop innovative local solutions.
Drawing on the work of architects, designers, historians, political theorists, sociologists, lawyers, engineers and others, it aims to develop interdisciplinary projects to map and document the housing situation in the city, explore the ways in which cities around the world have responded to the housing crisis and imagine new ways in which housing might be designed and organised in the future.