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house of the commons

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House of the Commons brings together activists, academics, professionals, campaigners and civil society to…

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build links

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House of the commons is a platform for events, workshops and campaigns for fairer housing and land use
Exploring creative solutions to the housing crisis

In October 2014 and 2016, architecture and design collective, Transition by Design, working in collaboration with citizens, activists and housing professionals hosted two major events concerned with the UK housing crisis, specifically focusing on Oxford, but with a UK outlook.

We had an exciting line-up of speakers, workshops, skillshares and performances examining the current context – the drivers of the crisis, and we heard from groups and individuals offering creative alternatives to these problems.

House of the Commons is intended to be participatory with a focus of self-organisation for practical action and is an open source to all people wanting to find out more about our current housing situation and where we could go next. This platform provides you with information extracted from both events, and we’re keen to offer assistance and support on your housing-related initiatives.

  • Joining the dots between the root causes to the housing crisis - addressing financialisation; banking deregulation; land ownership; supply and privatisation

  • Who owns Britain? We will be interrogating the links between land ownership and value, asking who owns and controls the land under our feet

  • Understanding the facts; and asking how can we build effective links and solidarity across borders looking at a range of initiatives

  • Exploring the alternative models available to us now and looking long term at how we can redesign our housing system to deliver genuine affordability, security and sustainability



Some contributors within our network

Sara Mahmoud


Aysen Dennis

Aylesbury Tenants & Leaseholders First

Danny Dorling

Professor of Geography, Oxford University

Alastair Parvin

Founder of WikiHouse and Architecture 00

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