Imagining the Future of Housing


The third Housing Forum was organised by Tilo Amhoff and Luis Diaz and hosted by the School of Architecture and Design.

We began the evening with a discussion that explored different ways of imagining the future of housing in Brighton. Ian Bailey (Studio 7 and SoAD) outlined alternative frameworks for land and housing development. In contrast to the existing top-down developer led model of housing, Ian spoke about how a community led approach would better provide the houses we need, increase social cohesion and enhance health and wellbeing. Luis Diaz (SoAD) introduced us to the work that he has been doing with his undergraduate design studio imagining new models of suburban housing across a range of sites in Brighton and Hove. Lisa Hartley (SEASALT Housing Co-operative) spoke about student housing co-operatives and the project she is co-ordinating to establish a co-op in Brighton to provide students from with decent, affordable and secure accommodation. Michael Howe (mae Architects and SoAD) finished the discussion by thinking about how historic housing standards might inspire us to imagine housing differently today.

Colleagues from the School of Architecture and Design then hosted a series of drawing workshops. Tilo Amhoff led a session thinking about the relationship between the individual and communal in housing and building co-operatives; Luis Diaz ran a workshop on cognitive mapping of your neighbourhood and community; and Alessandro Zambelli used the idea of the commons to interrogate designs for new student accommodation.

The evening finished with the opening and guided tour of the exhibition ‘Coming Home’, curated and designed by Luis Diaz.

Third Radical Futures Housing Forum: Imagining the Future of Housing in Brighton

Please join us for the Third Radical Futures Housing Forum


On Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 3:30pm-7:00pm


At the University of Brighton, Mithras House on Moulsecomb Campus, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4AT, School of Architecture and Design, 3rd Floor, South Downs Room.

The third Radical Futures Housing Forum will explore different ways of Imagining the Future of Housing in Brighton. This event is free, but places are limited, so please do register your attendance.

15:30 Welcome

15:45 Panel Discussion
Panelists will present and dicsuss their attempts for alternative imaginations of housing in Brighton

Ian Bailey (Studio Sevens on Coldean Community Project)
Luis Diaz (University of Brighton on Housing Research)
Lisa Hartley (SEASALT Housing Co-operative on South EAst Students Autonomously Living Together)
Michael Howe (University of Brighton on Land Use)

17:30 Workshops
Hosted by staff and students of the School of Architecture and Design, attendees are invited to explore creative ways of imagining the future of housing; either through drawing, modelling, or writing.

18:45 ‘Coming Home’ Housing Exhibition Opening
This Housing Forum is accompanied by an exhibition of innovative housing projects developed by architecture students within the context of Studio 12, run by University of Brighton senior lecturers Luis Diaz and Sean Albuquerque. Join us for the chance for a private view and discussion with the curator.

Image Credit: Drawing by University of Brighton Alumnus Angus Taylor


Join us for the second Radical Futures Housing Forum

On Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 3.00pm-6.00pm

At the University of Brighton, Room G4, Grand Parade Main Building, Brighton, BN2 0JY

Please register your attendance via eventbrite

What knowledge can we share about the housing situation in Brighton and Hove?

What do we not know and need to find out?

This Housing Forum will focus on collating existing knowledge about the housing situation in Brighton and Hove. We will focus discussion around some of the key themes identified in the first forum: homelessness; the private rented sector; alternative forms of housing; local policy and planning; the national picture; and the housing needs of marginalised groups. Please come prepared to talk about any resources and research that you would like to share. We aim to collate this information to create an online resource centre to support those thinking about housing in the city. We will also identify what gaps there are in our knowledge and work out what research is needed most urgently to support community led efforts to tackle the housing crisis.

We’ll set up an information table to collate flyers, leaflets and general resources for people to take away. Feel free to bring along information from your group to add to this space


Housing Forum Launch


Thank you to everyone for making the launch of the Housing Forum such a success. It was great to get together people and groups from across to city to talk about one of the most urgent issues we face as a community.

On the evening we collectively decided to focus our initial conversations on local policy and community voices; the conditions and affordability of the private rented sector; home, housing and belonging; empty rooms and properties; the national political context; and the housing needs of marginalised and excluded groups.  Out of these discussions, the following recommendations were made to take the Housing Forum forward:

  • Make the Housing Forum a regular event.
  • Develop ways to allow participants to communicate between Forums.
  • Work to involve marginalised voices in discussion.
  • Investigate ways to better support students in the private rented sector.
  • Collate and share existing resources and research on the housing situation in the city.
  • Conduct research to fill in our gaps in knowledge.
  • Support initiatives to give communities a voice in housing developments.
  • Build links with other universities who have expertise in housing.
  • Explore non-market forms of housing provision.
  • Investigate empty spaces and properties in the city.

We will take these ideas forward in our next meetings. The next Housing Forum will be on Wednesday 20th June. We will focus on collating and sharing existing resources and research on the housing situation in the city and identifying what gaps there are our knowledge.

To sign up for the next event, please register here.

Symposium: Friday 8 June 2018, 10-5:30pm

A right to home: responding to the housing crisis

This symposium aims to bring together early career and established researchers of housing inequality across the UK to explore the concept of a right to home from different perspectives. The event will provide a space to explore the global and historical interconnections of the housing crisis and its localised consequences on the social formation of home across the UK.

For further information and registration

Launch event: Monday 30 April 2018, 5:30pm-8pm

What kind of research will support the work that you or your organisation are doing? What do we not know about the housing situation in the city? What forms of evidence are needed to support new initiatives and policy reform? How can we help develop new building and design solutions? How can students be accommodated in a way that benefits the city?

Join us for our launch event to help identify how the university can best support community led efforts to tackle the local housing crisis.

The event is free, but places are limited, so please register here.


The Radical Futures Housing Forum brings together academics, community organisations and policymakers to study the crisis in Brighton and to develop innovative local solutions. Drawing on the work of architects, designers, historians, political theorists, sociologists, lawyers, engineers and others, we aim to develop interdisciplinary projects which 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.