SSoA staff, Fionn Stevenson (PI), Flora Samuel, Sam Brown and Cristina Cerulli (CoI) were part of the team for this major initiative, along with Design for Homes and Ash Sakula…
‘The Future of Collective Custom Build’ –
Cross-party Parliamentary Launch Event
Tuesday 13th May 2014
Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, London. SW1 2LW
On 13th May 2014, a high-level cross-party Parliamentary event will discuss the latest issues and developments concerning collective custom build and how to promote this activity in the UK as a key part of the solution to the current housing crisis.
Affordable housing in the UK is in a chronic state. Only around 100,000 new homes are built every year against an expected demand of official projections of more than 232,000. The crisis is both-long term and wide reaching, rather than merely short-term. Much of the housing we build in the UK is unaffordable, unsustainable, undesirable, unsociable or simply unavailable.
- How can we provide affordable new or super-retrofitted homes, build up our local communities, and offer greater social resilience in these rapidly changing times?
- What are the key barriers to providing affordable homes and the means of overcoming these?
- Who is leading the way with new approaches to developing affordable homes?
- What are the next steps for increasing choice in housing?
Collective Custom Build is a pioneering approach to increasing diversity in the UK housing market based fundamentally on partnership. It represents an opportunity for stakeholders across the house-building industry to share the risk of development and work mutually to help people build homes that are more affordable and better designed to effectively meet the challenges of the future. It is a genuine new solution for affordable housing which people build for themselves – it can save up to 25% on typical newbuild housing costs - something which custom build alone cannot do.
The event will start with a short presentation of the findings of the research project: Motivating Collective Custom Build, which is summarised by a three minute film and the website:Collectivecustombuild.org. Three key experts, including Ted Stevens, Chair of the National Self Build Association and Kristien Ring, author of ‘Self-made City’, will discuss developments in Germany and the UK, followed by a question and answer session, with ample time for networking over refreshments afterwards.
‘Young and old alike deserve a chance to get the housing they want – Collective Custom Build offers a unique and inclusive approach to meeting this need. There are already numerous successful examples to draw on in the UK and Europe’ said Professor Fionn Stevenson, Head of School at The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, and co-author of the report ‘Motivating Collective Custom Build’.
It is expected that over 100 people will attend this event, including key Members of Parliament, representatives of relevant Government Agencies, NGOs, Community Builders, Housing Developers, Planners, Designers, Social Entrepreneurs, and those with a passion for making change work.
18.00 – Refreshments and networking opportunity
18.30 – Welcome and Introduction – Prof. Fionn Stevenson & Prof. Flora Samuel
18.40 – MCCB Film, by The University of Sheffield, Ash Sakula and Design for Homes
18.50 – Provision and Affordability – Kristien Ring
19.00 – Lancaster Co-housing project – Mark Westcombe
19.10 – The Future for Collective Custom Build – Ted Stevens
19.20 – Questions and Discussion, chaired by Prof. Fionn Stevenson
20.00 – Close
Collective Custom Build is a web-based advocacy tool (collectivecustombuild.org) that makes the case for developing Collective Custom Build as part of a more diverse housing market in the UK. It uses an animated narrative to curate key research findings, revealing them as peel-backs at key points in its argument. There is also a separate stand-alone report which sets out the findings of the project and offers guidance to various stakeholders:
‘Motivating Collective Custom Build’(2013)
Authors: Sam Brown, Cristina Cerulli, Fionn Stevenson, Cany Ash, David Birkbeck
Publisher: The University of Sheffield School of Architecture
ISBN - 978-0-9576914-6-9
Collective Custom Build is part of the Motivating Collective Custom Build practice-based research project completed within the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Home Improvements Knowledge Exchange based at the University of Sheffield. Motivating Collective Custom build was led jointly by the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, Ash Sakula Architects and Design for Homes.
Kristien Ring, is an American architect and researcher living in Berlin (ex RIBA) who has written a book, ‘Self-made City’ on how the collective custom build scene in Berlin has generated 300 groups who have built their own homes and effectively become mainstream.