ENTRY #463

AFFORDABLE tottenham – A Cardboard & Scaffolding Housing Solution by Adam Willis, Ali Powe


Tottenham Hale is situated along the Lee Valley Regional Park, in the Borough of Haringey. It benefits from well-connected London transport routes and a strong local industrial economy. A regeneration programme is being implemented with housing and employment being the main agendas. There are currently over 200 languages spoken in the region, which suggests the need for a sensitive and adaptable housing solution. The way people live will be at the core of designing a new affordable Tottenham housing typology.

Future proofing and homes that are adaptable over time for growing families and the elderly, provide a resilient and sustainable solution to current housing typologies. The production of new houses in England has followed a pattern of developer led schemes that minimise space and living standards, as Borris Johnson quotes as part of the London Housing Design Guide:

“Too much of our new housing has sacrificed space and quality to unit numbers. New homes in London are some of the smallest in Western Europe.”

In response to such comments we hope to provide a housing solution that enables the community and local industry to be involved in the production of their own houses and to build a resilient local economy through positive autonomy (industry and community sharing in resources for mutual benefit). At the same time this engagement will tackle wider issues such as gentrification and developer led, profit driven schemes – creating an element of invested interest to the community. Power to the People!

Ali Powe and Adam Willis present AFFORDABLE Tottenham – a radical solution to the housing crisis. Laser cut cardboard housing and scaffolding infrastructure provides the basis for a reworked Tottenham based housing typology. De-regularised council policies allow for a more flexible low cost living solution encouraging development.

Adam Willis
With a background in carpentry and construction Adam has hands on experience in the industry – a detailed knowledge of current building standards has allowed the team to redefine what housing is, can be and should be.

Ali Powe
Spending the last few years working as part of the design team for Madame Tussaud’s and Legoland Ali has a passion for visualisation. He has been able to bring the project to life and full engage with its contextual sitting.

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