Based on research on lived experiences in the home during COVID-19, three key demands or problems of space limiting the changing use of homes were identified. The implications of these changes in use and dwelling size on recent dwelling layouts in London are tested.
Housing Standardisation: The Architecture of Regulations and Design Standards
This project develops an integrated architectural design research and historical analysis of housing design to study the impact of design governance on typical, standardised housing outcomes.
Large-scale Data Collection, Inference, and Integration for Housing Design Studies
This project studies how data-driven approaches can contribute to the analysis and assessment of housing design and policy. The project develops a novel methodology to automate the large-scale collection and inference of data combining visual and statistical sources on housing in London.
The Home, the Household, and COVID-19
Through an online questionnaire and in-depth interviews about the use and experience of the home in London during the coronavirus pandemic, this project investigates the impact of COVID-19 and national lockdowns on the satisfaction with existing housing design and quality and how this shapes future housing expectations.
Data-based Analysis of Dwelling Plans in London
A data-based and quantitative analysis of dwelling plans in London through their spatial dimensions, morphology, and statistical distribution in relationship to changes in space standards and organisation.
London Housing: Policy, Regulation, and Typology
A historical study of housing in London through housing acts, reports, manuals, design guidelines, policies, and regulations as well as the size, spatial organisation, and morphology of dwellings. It analyses what kinds of evidence-based spatial judgments exist and how they shape the design and provision of space in homes.
Spatial Design and Wellbeing in Shanghai’s Residential Communities
How can we measure and evaluate spatial quality and design through objective indicators and subjective experiences of wellbeing at both community and individual levels? In response to this question, we will develop culturally sensitive and contextual wellbeing measurements in relation to the built environment in China and test these in two pilot sites in Shanghai.
Small Sites: Heads2Gether
LDML worked pro bono with Heads2Gether Housing Co-op to develop a bid for the Small Sites, Small Builders programme run by the Greater London Authority, which makes small plots of publicly owned land available to small- and medium-sized builders to foster housing innovation.
Housing Design Guidelines, Regulatory Frameworks, and Policy
This project examines the impact of quantitative and qualitative standards on housing design and in relation to housing design guidelines, regulatory frameworks, and policy, while asking what the role of social housing is today. Research includes a pilot study of three national contexts (UK, Chile, and China) and an initial international housing design survey.
Collective Forms: Neighbourhood Transformations, Spatialised Governmentality and New Communities in China
Collective Forms examines how social projects, spaces and realities shape three contexts critical to understanding urban design and planning in China: modes of governmentality; the history of collective spatial development models in relation to current community development; and socio-spatial changes in urban and rural developments.