OpenPlan Interface Shortlisted for New Ideas for Housing

The question posed by New London Architecture was an international ideas competition on New Ideas for Housing to help solve the London housing shortage. We were invited to submit an idea that would help to improve the speed, scale and quality of housing supply.

As designers/planners, we spend a lot of time working with, and mediating between councils and clients. So we felt we could bring something different to this discussion and tackle design and coordination issues rather than policy. If we want to speed up housing we would need to speed up the planning process.

We have found it is this coordination issue with the council that seems to stretch for long periods of time, to the extent that the planning process can easily match the build time. We chose to look at how to speed up the process and this increase housing provisions each year. A question we have been exploring is how digitisation and the use of more accessible online information can facilitate a more interactive mythology between planners, architects and their clients, and how this process can affect the speed of planning and increase the quality of both design and the final product. A quicker planning process would give all involved parties more clarity to move forward on financial and schedule strategies, and ultimately enable them to delivery new projects quicker.