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Housing Design Exchange: London/Stockholm

In connection to the visit of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this month, ArkDes has announced a collaborative project between the British Embassy in Sweden and ArkDes—Housing Design Exchange: London/Stockholm.

During the project architects from London and Stockholm will come together for an exchange of knowledge and ideas related to the challenge of housing design, development, and provision. Beginning in London, architects will present their own work, visit a number of ground-breaking housing projects, and find and discuss possible solutions for mutual challenges in the United Kingdom and Sweden. The Housing Design Exchange will culminate in a public seminar to be held in Stockholm on 27 March at 18.00.

Stockholm and London are both facing enormous challenges when it comes to housing. The population increase in the UK and the success of its major city will require more than a million new homes to be built by 2030 to meet perceived demand. Sweden will produce almost 15% of its total housing stock in the same period, with a significant number of those units being built in Stockholm and its suburbs. These two cities have a deep history of sharing ideas and influencing one another in the fields of architecture and urban planning.

– London and Stockholm share profound challenges in housing their growing populations and the Housing Design Exchange will create opportunities to network, share knowledge and develop a dialogue about designing cities in the UK and Sweden. We must raise the standard of housing design in both Sweden and the UK, and the six talented architects we will bring together for the exchange have much to learn from one another in this regard. We are grateful to the The British Embassy for giving us the opportunity to create new relationships, collaborations and debates in this crucial field of design, says Kieran Long, Director ArkDes.

– We are delighted to be working with ArkDes on this exciting initiative. With London and Stockholm facing similar challenges in terms of housing, the project is well-timed. We hope it will generate some good ideas for improvements to housing design in both cities, but also create some lasting relationships among the participants and perhaps lead to future collaborations between them, says David Cairns, British Ambassador to Sweden.