UCL Urban Laboratory


New book on London's housing histories published

3 April 2017

A new publication exploring issues relating to the history of urban housing in London has been published through RIBA, featuring a number of UCL contributions

Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London's Past

Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London's Past (RIBA Publishing, 2017) has been edited by Peter Guillery and David Kroll.

The problem of creating affordable, adequate housing for a growing population is not a new one. The book, aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in improving housing provision everywhere, aims to inspire by offering in-depth studies of London's housing past and seeks to provide sustainable solutions for the future by linking to wider contemporary historical and social contexts.


The research and case studies from the book provide an invaluable resource for academics of architecture, urban design, sociology, history and geography as well as professionals, policy makers and journalists.

Experts who have contributed to the book include Ben Campkin, Irina Davidovici, Richard Dennis, Tanis Hinchcliffe, Simon Hudspith, Simon Pepper, Sofie Pelsmakers, David Roberts, and Colin Thom. The foreword is by Owen Hatherley and the preface by Andrew Saint.

UCL Urban Laboratory is pleased to share a discount code for those who purchase the book online through the RIBA Bookshop. You can get £5 off the cover price by entering: mobilising5.

The book has been published with support from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, the Institute of Historical Research and Peabody.